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December 16, 2011

Volume 2 // Issue #22



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Volume 2, Issue 22


Eric Ladd


Megan Paulson


Mike Martins


Emily Stifler


Kelsey Dzintars


Abbie Digel

PuBLiSher of the

Big Sky WeekLy

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ChamBer of CommerCe

business of tHe year


Taylor Anderson


Frank Jordan


Danielle Chamberlain


Brian Niles


Chris Davis


Kacey Brown


Katie Morrison


Josh Allen, Greg Allred, Erin Bills, Evelyn Boswell, Anne

Cantrell, Crystal Images, Jamie Daugaard, Brent Day,

William Farhat, Denver Fowler, Julia Gustafson, Allyson

Hagen, Marcie Hahn-Knoff, Brian Hurlbut, Jamie Kujawa,

Ellen-Therese Lamm, Joe Miller, William Mendoza, Brandon

Niles, Eric Ross, Greer Schott and Diane Tipton

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Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the entire Outlaw Partners team, I’d like to wish you a happy holiday season. Here at Outlaw we have

much to be thankful for and appreciate all of your support as we’ve grown. Each Outlaw employee has chosen a charity

to which we’ll donate money. In addition, we’ll market these worthy causes through our media. Below is a list of all the

organizations we’re supporting this year. Thank you, and let it snow! -Eric Ladd

Eric Ladd: Owner

Charity Water

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Partners in Health

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Cloudbase Foundation

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Located on the corner of Kagy and Tracy in southeast Bozeman, Kagy Korner has

long been a spot for morning coffee drinkers to sit and talk. The store serves the

growing needs of the southeast community, where recent development, including

the new Town and Country, are bringing more activity to this side of the town.

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Beehive Basin in Big Sky is one of

Southwest Montana’s finest trailheads,

both winter and summer.

Starting at 7,800 feet, it allows access

to terrain spanning the spectrum

from mellow hiking to serious ski


But as the private land surrounding

the trailhead has been developed

in the last decade, there have been

increasing user conflicts in the area.

This is private land, and backcountry

users have been given tickets for

trespassing here.

The first half-mile of the trail (F.S.

trail #40) crosses through private land

on its way to National Forest and wil-

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derness land. Wooden posts with trail

blazes mark the 20-foot wide public

easement through the meadows, and

a trail corridor is cut through the


The various other trails that leave

from the trailhead are all on private

land. This includes a popular skin

track that winds up a wooded ridge

on the north side of the basin, as well

as the jumps that are often built in

this area.

“We want [people] to follow the

trails(s) to the public land and then

have a ‘ball’,” said Corey Bronstein, a

Beehive Basin Homeowners Association

board member. He also wants

to remind backcountry users about

avalanche danger in the basin: “It is

real and quite dangerous.”

Although the BBHOA doesn’t own

the road, it plows a mile prior to

its private gates. The cost to plow

from October to June is about

$25,000-$30,000, Bronstein said.

The association covers all of it, and

since the Big Sky Owners Association

doesn’t participate, there is no

financial burden for the local community,

he said.

The trailhead this year has reduced

parking capacity due to a culvert

replacement project paid for by

homeowners and the Forest Service.

The project wasn’t finished due

to October snowfall, according to

Jonathan Kempff, the lead engineer

for the Gallatin National Forest.

Because there will only be room for

a few cars to park there this winter,

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respect at beehive basin trailhead will allow continued access

Construction will limit parking this winter

By emiLy StifLer

big sky weekly managing editor

b I G s K y a r e a

Christmas Services

Dec. 24 chrIsTmas eVe serVIces

5 p.m. Big Sky Christian Fellowship at the Big Sky Chapel

8 p.m. Candlelight Service of Carols and Lessons All Saints in Big Sky

(A shared ministry of the Episcopal and Lutheran (ELCA) Churches)

at the Big Sky Chapel

5 p.m. St. Joseph's Catholic Mass at the Big Sky Resort Yellowstone

Conference Center

5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve service at Moonlight Lodge

Dec. 25 chrIsTmas Day serVIces

8 a.m. St. Joseph's Catholic Mass at the Big Sky Chapel

9:30 a.m. All Saints in Big Sky at the Big Sky Chapel

11 a.m. Big Sky Christian Fellowship (406) 995-3336

big sky community library news

Holiday Hours:

the library will be open during Christmas break. it will be closed

Sunday, dec. 25 and monday, dec. 26 and will resume regular

hours on tuesday, dec. 27 from 4 - 8 p.m..

library Holiday open House:

Join the friends of the Library on Sunday, dec. 18 at 2 p.m. for their

annual holiday open house. a special guest will be appearing! this

event is free and open to the public.

Kempff suggested backcountry

users ski from the lower trailhead

parking in the highway turnout,

which adds several miles for skiers

looking to tour out of the basin.

Road paving, rebuilding the parking

lot, seeding, signing and other

cleanup will likely resume in June,

Kempff said, and ultimately the lot

will be expanded and have room for

eight or nine vehicles.

Bronstein requested that users not

park on the steep hill just before

the lot, which makes it difficult for

emergency vehicles to pass through.

Other Beehive trailhead parking

ethics: don’t block others in, and

don’t park in front of the gate.

Make-a-Wish foundation

needs air miles

The Make-A-Wish Foundation needs busy travelers to donate air miles this

holiday season. Serving all 56 counties in Montana, the nonprofit grants wishes

to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Travel is the biggest expense for wishes granted by the foundation. Miles from

Delta, U.S. Airways, Continental and United are eligible; once donated, the

miles never expire. or (877) 574-9474

northWestern energy looking for

2012 charitable partner

NorthWestern Energy’s Charitable

Giving Program is seeking proposals

from nonprofits to partner with the

utility company’s employee volunteer

effort for the upcoming year.

Partner organizations receive a

$25,000 donation; associated events

typically raise an additional $25-

30,000. Previous partners include the

March of Dimes’ Walk for Babies, the


American Cancer Society’s Relay for

Life, and Special Olympics.

Nonprofit organizations with affiliates

in Montana, South Dakota

and Nebraska can apply. Organizations

must provide opportunities

and support for employee volunteer

engagement. Proposals due Dec. 28. (keyword:

charitable giving program)

In the Nov. 18 Weekly, Sharlyn Izurieta wrote that the TTF hosted Chirgilchin,

a four-member group of throat singers from Mongolia in Bozeman. The concert

was actually hosted by the Bozeman Folklore Society and the Ellen Theater.

In the Dec. 2 Weekly special gift guide,

we reported that Brewies 100 percent

Organic Dog Treats, made in Bozeman,

are "made from left over beer hops." This is

untrue—hops are not in Brewies products

at any level, and are poisonous to dogs.

Brewies products are made from malted beer barley, and are available in Montana,

Vermont and Illinois. The homemade treats are made with care, and take

6-7 hours per batch, from crushing and mashing the malt barley, to pulling them

from the oven.

The best part about Brewies? What other treat allows you to share in the fun of

having a cold one with your best friend?


letter: BSSef fundraiser a success

The Big Sky Ski Education Foundation’s fundraiser, "Raising Cash with Cold

Hard Cash," hosted by Buck's T-4 on Dec. 10 was a resounding success. The event

was successful in raising funds, and more importantly, it was a terrific way for the

team to connect with the Big Sky community and kick-off the ski season.

The success of this event required the hard work of numerous volunteers, plus

the generous contributions of auction items from many individuals and businesses

throughout the community. Please help me extend special thanks to all

those helped.

With this event being such a great success, the BSSEF has targeted Dec. 8, 2012,

for next year’s season kick off and hope that you will join us then.

See you on the slopes!


Peter Bedell, Event Director

BSSEF Board Member

don’t miss the gallatin Valley

coat and boot drive

The first annual Gallatin Valley coat and boot drive is accepting gently used

winter coats and boots through the end of the year. Drop off points are in

Bozeman at Bob Wards (N. 19th) and First Montana Bank (N. 19th Ave. and

Oak St.). Gallatin Laundry will clean the coats give them to HRDC/Head

Start for distribution to families in need. Mountain 107.7 FM helped organize

the effort.

big sky fire department


By WiLLiam farhat

big sky Fire ChieF

I’m new to Big Sky, and am enjoying getting to know my co-workers at the

Big Sky Fire Department and learning about the community. As part of this

process, I’d like the community to know more about the BSFD, and thought I

should share some of my own background.

I first started as a volunteer in southwestern Michigan in 1989, and continued

as a firefighter, captain and chief officer until 2008. I worked as

a paramedic for municipal ambulance services then spent 13 years in law

enforcement in the Vail, Colo. area, and then back in Michigan. These law

enforcement positions also included fire investigation and hazardous materials

team duties, which allowed me to blend my full time work and volunteer

responsibilities throughout my career.

In 2006, I joined the University of Notre Dame Fire Department and became

chief two years later. NDFD was an interesting mix of fire service and

emergency medical responsibilities, building inspection, and fire detection

and suppression needs, along with special event coverage for up to 110,000

people during home football games. While appreciating the challenges of

this position, I realized I wanted to return to a more rural setting and be more

involved with the operations of a department rather than be an administrator

within a large organization.

In Big Sky, I’m able to fulfill that desire and live in a great setting to raise a

family. My wife Beth and I have our four daughters enrolled in Ophir School.

I’m proud to be part of BSFD, a very professional organization with a history

of exemplary service.

In future articles, I hope to share who we are, what we do, and provide information

regarding fire safety, current events and related items. In the meantime,

additional information can be found on our website and

our Facebook page.

Chief Farhat became fire chief of Big Sky in September 2011. He can be

reached at 995-2100 or Big Sky Weekly

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The Big Sky Community Corporation received a

little boost Tuesday toward creating the second

annual Big Sky PBR event.

To the tune of $12,201.35, the BSCC was

granted—among seven other recipients—was

granted money from the Montana Department

of Commerce Special Events Grant Program.

BSCC was the eighth and final group to receive

part or all of the requested money. 20 applicants

didn’t receive any grant funds.

Eric Ladd, who helped coordinate the event

last summer, said he was glad to see statewide

recognition after the first PBR.

“It’s a wonderful community event for Big

Sky,” he said. “It’s nice to see the state recognize

it and help make it a bigger event next


The West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce,

two groups from Kalispell and Helena, and

groups from Great Falls and Hobson each received

grants to execute their tourism-boosting events.

The Office of Tourism website says the purpose

of the program “is to diversify and enrich Montana’s

tourism product by developing new and

enhancing existing community-based tourism

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festivals and events. The goal of SEGP is to create

and sustain economic development through the

advertising and promotion of “hallmark events.”

In total, $100,000 was awarded to the eight

groups, up $20,000 from the previous year.

The commerce department received more than

$400,000 in requests.

big sky pbr receives $12k for repeat event

By tayLor anderSon

big sky weekly assistant editor

More than $500k raised at

spanish peaks vehicle auction

trustee begins liquidation process

with 54-vehicle sale

By tayLor anderSon

big sky weekly assistant editor

More than 250 people filed into the lodge at the now-defunct Spanish

Peaks resort to bid on the remaining vehicles once used at the club.

The 54 vehicles included pickups, SUVs, ATVs, snowmobiles and trailers,

and drew crowds from as far as New York to bid on cars at discounted


In total, the vehicles, including a few that didn’t start, went for more than

$550,000 after a 15 percent buyer premium was added to purchases.

The sale represents more than cheap Chevys. The sale means those

representing the now closed resort have begun liquidating the estimated

$10-$50 million in assets to pay off a list of debtors valued as much as

10 times that much.

Several Spanish Peaks members bid on items during the sale. One was

quoted as saying, “It was sad to see them sold, but hopefully we can find

a new owner who can return the luster to what was once a great club.”

Also present in the audience Dec. 13 was the trustee, in from New York

City, to oversee the sale. He said the representatives are in the process of

finding a brokerage to market and hopefully sell the property.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether anything else would be sold to pay

creditors. The trustee was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying

Spanish Peaks Holdings, which owned the club, had just $27,000 in

cash, with as much as $500 million in debt (although some estimates are

as low as $50 million).

By aBBie digeL

big sky weekly editor

The Big Sky Chamber hosted its semiannual

Town Hall meeting on Dec. 7,

in the Big Sky Chapel. Started last year,

the Town Hall meetings allow local

organizations to present on a variety of

projects, including community marketing,

organizational improvements and

working initiatives.

About 50 people attended the Town

Hall meeting. “It was a good turnout,

but we always hope for more,” said

membership director Robin Brower-


This was Marne Hayes’s last Town Hall

meeting as the chamber's executive

director. Her final day at the Big Sky

Chamber of Commerce is Dec. 20. The

top candidates for her position were

interviewed on Dec. 13 at the Board of

Directors’ meeting. There will be an

opportunity for full public interaction

with the top and final candidates during

their final interviews.

The board hopes to have a new director

by the end of this month and starting

within the first few weeks of January.

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Money must be spent on media marketing at least 100

miles outside of the recipient's town. Last year, the Big

Sky PBR received $12,000 total in government funding

from the Big Sky Resort Tax Board.

Grant recipients were decided based on an 800-point

scale. The Big Sky PBR received 671 points, 27 more

than the next group—the cutoff for grant recipients.

billings marketing group to revamp

big sky's brand

Cowboy hall of fame and Biggest Skiing in america

campaign also discussed at Big Sky Chamber’s town

hall meeting

The chamber is looking for part time

help to assist Brower-McBride with

administrative responsibilities between

the few weeks after Hayes leaves and a

new director is hired.

The chamber recently chose the

Billings-based A.D. Creative Group to

assist in development and implementation

of a strategic planning, marketing

and branding initiative to identify and

promote Big Sky as a travel destination.

A.D. Creative Group has hosted two

private meetings in Big Sky, and plans

to conduct more through December and

early January that will be open to the

public. Contact the chamber of commerce

for more details at (406) 995-


Hayes also discussed improvements to

the Biggest Skiing in America campaign.

Ryan Hamilton and Eric Ladd,

both of the Cowboy Hall of Fame and

Montana Western Heritage center committee,

spoke of the success of their

final round interview with the CHF

and MWHC board. The home of the

facility will be announced by the end of


By Joe miLLer

big sky XC

Planning for the fourth Big Sky XC

motorcycle race is quietly building on

last year’s successes.

The off road motorcycle race hosted

by Big Sky Resort set its 2012 dates

for Aug. 25-26, and secured a new title

sponsor, Kenda Tires. This allows a

larger pro purse and

expanded regional

and national marketing


The event has grown

since the first race in

2009. Last August

20 states and two

Canadian provinces

were represented at

the 2011 event, and

racers traveled from

Florida and New


Kenda’s involvement,

and $10,000 pro

purse, will help build

it into a major economic

impact during

summer in Big Sky.

The race weekend has

two major components.

The amateur

race classes represent

95 percent of the

participants, and Big

Sky XC is becoming a

marquee event for as-

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nominate an outstanding volunteer

By JuLia guStafSon

governor’s oFFiCe oF

Community serviCe

The Governor’s Office of Community

Service, in partnership with

First Lady Nancy Schweitzer and the

Montana Commission on Community

Service, is accepting nominations

for outstanding public volunteers.

Nominations are due Dec. 21.

Categories include:

servemontana awards are for

service and volunteer work in the

areas of education, healthy futures,

environmental stewardship, veterans

and military families and economic


new sponsor for big sky Xc in 2012

350 fans came to event last august

piring racers looking to build a resume

and attract sponsors.

The second part of the weekend is

the professional race class. The purse

increase (up from $5,000) will draw

a larger pool of top racers. In turn,

these high-level racers draw more


Photo By CryStaL imageS

readymontana awards are for

service specifically related to disaster

services, emergency preparedness and

emergency response.

First lady's math and science

awards are for outstanding individuals,

organizations and businesses that

promote math and science education

in Montana.

All Montanans, including National

Service members, are eligible for

nomination. The Lt. Governor and

First Lady will present these awards

at the ServeMontana Symposium

luncheon. The 2012 ServeMontana

Symposium will be held Feb. 23 and

24 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel

in Helena. Registration will open in






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Please contact Doug

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Partners to donate

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cash donations

can be made

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Memorial Fund

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of the proceeds benefit


The food will include


format with food from

numerous restaurants in

the Big Sky area

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big sky makes 1,000 places to

see before you die

In her recent sequel to the first edition

of 1,000 Places to See Before You

Die, Patricia Schultz included Big

Sky, Mont.

The travel author praises what she

calls “mountain bliss without the

crowds,” stating that the resorts’ average

two skiers per acre is something

not to be missed.

“Much of the annual 400-plus inches

of snowfall is the bone-dry talc

reverently called ‘cold smoke,’” the

passage reads. (She may have mixed

up our rocks with the snow, but hey,

she went big.)

montana Fish, wildliFe and Parks

Five volunteer positions are open on

the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Region 3

Citizens’ Advisory Committee. The

committee helps FWP achieve its goals

in Southwest Montana by sharing information,

ideas, emerging trends, and

initiatives from the public. Half-day

meetings are held quarterly in Bozeman.

FWP is interested in candidates representing

various interests, including

hunters, anglers, landowners, trappers,

outdoor recreationists, conservationists

and the general public. The functions

of the advisory committee are:

• Help promote Montana’s hunting,

fishing, trapping and outdoor

recreation traditions

• Give citizens direct input into

FWP decisions

Photo By eriC roSS

Schultz advises not missing Lone

Mountain Ranch from January-February

for cross-country skiing.

Her list also mentions staying at

the Big EZ Lodge and trying the

restaurant’s “Rocky Mountain-style


The book has no shortage of Montana

throughout, including mentions of

Darby, Glacier National Park and Big

Hole Country. But the inclusion of

Big Sky could have readers flocking to

town and perhaps never leaving. T.a.

region 3 fWp seeks applicants

for citizens’ advisory committee

• Provide a forum for communication

with neighboring communities

• Help FWP maintain and improve

responsiveness to the


• Help identify emerging issues

• Provide advice and perspective

on resource and management


• Assist with crafting local, sustainable

solutions on regional

and statewide issues

To obtain an application, visit the

FWP Region 3 office at 1400 S.

19th Ave. in Bozeman, call (406)

994-4042, or email

Applications due Jan. 13.

big sky weekly wire serviCes

The interim winter strategy in effect

for the Hyalite Porcupine Buffalo Horn

Wilderness Study Area will remain in

effect following last week’s court ruling

by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Responding to the initial ruling by

Judge Molloy, snowmobiles within

the WSA are constricted to the Big

Sky Snowmobile Trail and an open

“play” area for cross-country travel near

Golden Trout Lakes and areas west of

Windy Pass.

The court said the volume of motorized

use depends on if a WSA provides

“outstanding opportunities for solitude”,

a factor found in the Wilderness

Act’s definition of wilderness.

The court endorsed Forest Service

arguments that the Travel Management

Plan doesn’t need to replicate the 1977

conditions precisely, as long as the

forest maintains the overall wilderness

character of the WSA.

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Wilderness study area remains in

effect following court ruling

much of the central gallatin range

off-limits to snowmobiles

The court concluded “an area’s ability

to provide solitude depends on a

current user’s perception of other users

around them—not just on the physical

characteristics of the land,” and that the

Forest Service’s analysis of the physical

factors failed to grapple with this important

aspect of wilderness character.

The Wilderness Study Area was

designated by the Montana Wilderness

Study Act of 1977 and is managed to allow

uses occurring in 1977 while maintaining

the area’s wilderness character.

The Forest Service will use the court’s

decision moving forward with management

of the WSA.

Mary Erickson, Custer and Gallatin

Forest Supervisor, acknowledged “the

frustration felt by most people involved

in this issue, including ourselves.” By

leaving the interim strategy in place,

the forest aims to give everyone time to

work through the court’s ruling.

The travel plan for national forest land

outside the WSA remains in place.

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bozeman airport to open

direct flight from New York

Board votes to change name

from gallatin field airport


By emiLy StifLer

big sky weekly managing editor

A coalition including Gallatin Field

Airport, the ski resorts in Big Sky

and other regional businesses recently

received a bid from an airline

for the proposed non-stop flight

between New York and Bozeman.

They wouldn’t say which airline

submitted the bid.

With $1.6 million on hand to

fund the flight route for its first

two years, the group is optimistic,

says Scott Humphrey, the airport’s

deputy director.

Negotiations with the airline,

which start mid-December, should

take four to six weeks, Humphrey

said. Days of service and the

amount of revenue guaranteed to

the airline are yet to be determined.

The more flights per week, the

more revenue the service will bring


“It’s going to come down to frequency,”

Humphrey said. “It’s balancing

[how much funding] the collation

can put forth to the airline,

versus the airline’s cost to operate

the service and the revenue they’re

going to require for each flight.”

“Here’s the goal: To sell the June

2012 seats, we want this flight for

sale, in the system, by February

2012,” said Meg O’Leary, Big Sky’s

Director of Sales and Marketing

and a member of the coalition.

If the coalition and the airline can

come to terms on that timeframe,


Humphrey says, they could have

the service by June 2012.

Funding has come from a Department

of Transportation grant and

private contributions. Gallatin

Field Airport already has flights to

Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles,

Salt Lake City and Seattle.

The Gallatin Airport Authority

board also voted in December to

change the facility name to Bozeman

Yellowstone International

Airport at Gallatin Field.

This tongue twister will help align

the airport with the constituent

that travels here, Humphrey said.

The new name will associate the

facility with Bozeman, its largest

population center, and with Yellowstone

Park, the largest draw for

travelers coming from out of state.

“It’s really to compete with Jackson

Hole, Cody, Billings and Salt Lake

City,” he said.

About 65 percent of travelers that

fly into Gallatin Field come from

out of state, and the airport is trying

to position itself as the premier

gateway to Yellowstone, Humphrey

added, pointing out it’s situated 90

minutes from two year-round park


These changes follow on the heels

of a two-year $40 million airport

expansion completed this past July.

The new terminal added about

125,000 square feet to the existing

building, making the airport the

largest in Montana.

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The state of Montana has $343.8 million

in the bank.

By July 2013, its ending fund balance,

or surplus, should be $426.7 million,

if current estimates from the Legislative

Fiscal Committee are correct.

Republicans outnumbered Democrats

almost 2–1 in the 2011 state Legislature,

and budget arguments were

heated near the end of the session.

The governor’s budget office estimated

a surplus, while the Legislative

Fiscal Committee projected a

potential $400 million budget gap the

legislature would have to address.

Schweitzer and other Democrats

wanted to spend some of that money

on programs during the current biennium,

the 24-month budget period between


When Schweitzer set forth a $3.7 billion general

fund budget, the legislature balked. Respond-

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ing to the LFC’s fiscally conservative report,

the legislature cut spending by 6 percent more

than the previous biennium, as compared to

the governor’s proposed 5 percent. This ended a

plan to increase state employee pay, and one to

construct new state buildings.

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“During my 12 year legislative tenure I've seen the LFD's

projections turn out to be too high on several occasions...

one time by more than $250 million,” Baleat wrote in a

comment on a Great Falls Tribune opinion piece.


Where the money

came from

The general fund has over 30 sources

of revenue, but six big contributors

make up 80 percent of that: property

taxes, personal income, corporate

income, vehicle fees and taxes, insurance

premium taxes, and oil and gas

taxes. States with sales tax were more

affected by the consumer-driven


The surplus was caused by larger

than expected revenues, mostly

from unprecedented prices on commodities

and the resulting increase

in corporate and personal income

tax collections, as well as the higher

price of oil, said Sen. Larry Jent, D-


Schweitzer said his administration

has saved the government more than

$100 million, without cutting programs.

He cited a variety of means:

more efficient governmental operations;

state employee pay freezes;

savings; cuts to human service spending,

corrections, universities and

public schools; and 5 percent spending

cuts across the board.

“When you have good years, you

keep a little grain in the bin, you don’t

know what’s going to happen next

year,” the governor said, using his

classic metaphor of running government

like a ranch, his previous job.

Other money came from strong

revenue growth in 2011, and from

sales of mineral rights on state lands,

according to a Dec. 7 article in the


how the system works

Because the Montana Legislature

isn’t always in session, it functions

differently than the federal government.

Montana’s two-year budget period

runs from July 1 of odd-numbered

years to June 30 of odd-numbered

years. By law, the state budget must

be balanced by the end of the fiscal

year, and deficit cannot be carried


In November of even-numbered

years, the governor submits a budget

to the legislature, based on proposals

from government departments. The

legislature then has the authority to

pass or alter it. In turn, the governor

has the power of line item veto on

the legislature’s budget—Schweitzer

exercised that authority in a show of

branding vetoes on the capitol steps

in 2011.

When the legislature goes into session

every two years, it has a balance

in the general fund to appropriate.

While this system works remarkably

well, Jent, now a gubernatorial

candidate, says a few of its parts are


First, the citizen legislature only

meets for a 90-day session every

other year, but it has to budget for

two years, something Jent likens to

using a crystal ball:

“Some sources of revenue are relatively

certain, like property tax,” he

said. “Others depend on the economy,

such as personal income taxes

and corporate income taxes.”

Second, Jent said, The Legislative

Fiscal Committee and the governor’s

budget office don’t communicate

well enough, and even though they

use the same stats, they often have

“different worldviews of economic


This causes chaos and turmoil at the

end of the session, Jent says, allowing

that some tension between economic

experts forecasting revenue is healthy.

“However, it would be nice if the

smart people in [the LFC] would talk

to the smart people in the governor’s

office.” He suggested a revenue estimate

adjusted with current economic

factors much earlier in the session

could create a more homogeneous


Leftover cash

Since 2005, Montana has had a series

of high ending fund balances like the

current one. That money has acted as a

rainy day fund for the state, which has

been helpful during the recession.

The LFC’s current 2013 projection of

a $426.7 million projected surplus is

based on several things: 2011 legislation

and gubernatorial vetoes; final

closing accounting the year; forecasted

revenues; and forecasted spending.

The $426.7 million is only an estimate,

and things can turn around in a

hurry, Baleat said.

An appropriate projected ending

fund balance is 5 percent of biennial

expenditures, according to a rule of

thumb set by the National Conference

of State Legislatures. That’s in the

range of about $175 million for 2013,

according to Terry Johnson, the LFC’s

principal fiscal analyst.

If the current LFC estimate holds true,

Montana will exceed that 5 percent

and have $275 million extra in the

general fund it can either sit on or


Johnson says the legislature usually

tries to use surplus money for onetime

initiatives like building projects.

“If they use it for something that

is going to continue to cost in the

future, then they create a problem for

future bienniums.”



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schweitzer launches Montana

winter tourism campaign

to include Warren miller, heather mcPhie and kevin Connolly

big sky weekly wire serviCes

Gov. Brian Schweitzer and the

Montana Office of Tourism have

launched a marketing campaign

to entice travelers to Montana.

The campaign features renowned

skier and cinematographer Warren

Miller, as well as other Montana


“We are honored to have Warren

Miller choose to endorse and

promote Montana’s winter ski

experience,” Schweitzer said in a

statement. “It is also a powerful testament

to the incomparable quality

of skiing that Montana offers.”

The campaign includes stories from

of well-known Montanans who’ve

been inspired and shaped by their

experiences here. The goal is to

help potential visitors see the full

spectrum of experiences, and how

those can transform and influence a


These personalities include Olympic

mogul skier Heather McPhie

and X-Games medalist, author and

photographer Kevin Connolly, as

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well as other photographers, naturalists

and historians.

Skiing and wildlife watching are the

leading motivators for Montana’s

winter travelers. The campaign

will target audiences by working

to build awareness of and intent

to travel to Montana in its ‘secret


Most of Montana’s 10.5 million

annual visitors travel during the

summer. Visitors spend $2.5 billion

here annually, contribute $180

million in tax revenue and support

more than 28,000 jobs. Visitor

expenditures provide more than

$785 million for Montana workers,

with 30 cents of every visitor dollar

paying wage and salary income for

Montana residents.

The office estimates each Montana

household saves $480 in taxes annually

due to tax revenue generated

through visitor spending.

Montana winter stories: visitmt.


Warren Miller media:

The Montana Office of Public

Instruction has decided not to seek

a waiver from the Department of

Education from requirements of No

Child Left Behind.

Montana’s Superintendent of Public

Instruction Denise Juneau explained

the decision:

“After careful consideration of the

impacts on Montana schools and the

financial resources that would be

necessary to meet the 'all or nothing'

requirements of the waiver, it is

clear the strings attached to this option

do not make sense for our state."

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oFFiCe oF PubliC instruCtion

Juneau spent the past several months

seeking input from Montanans regarding

the waiver option, including

representatives of several statewide

education groups.

Education leaders expressed concern

that the waiver plan is a replacement

program for current NCLB requirements,

and would cost the state

millions. Implementing the waiver requirements,

which could be overruled

by Congress, would be shortsighted,

Juneau said.

Juneau, an advocate for rural states,

said Montana will move forward with

its current reform efforts to improve

graduation rates, adopt higher standards

in English and Math, and helping

the lower performing Montana schools.

$50,000 available for community-based history projects

Montana History Foundation announces first ever Preserve Montana Grants

The nonprofit Montana History Foundation is offering $50,000 in grants this

year to organizations and individuals who want to preserve historical assets of

importance to Montana’s history. The Preserve Montana Fund aims to protect the

historic legacy of communities across the state.

Grants will be awarded for projects ranging from $500 – $5,000, and the money

will go toward preserving historic buildings, oral histories and collection/archival

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report: Montana rural areas “exporting” workers

By deB CourSon Smith

big sky ConneCtion

Rural Montana is missing something in

the middle, according to a new analysis

of U.S. Census numbers. The Center

For Rural Affairs report finds a downward

trend of residents in their 20s, 30s

and 40s, while the numbers of young

people and seniors are holding steady.

Report author Jon Bailey, the center's

research director, explains that working-age

Montanans leave because they

need good-paying jobs that tend to be

scarce outside of cities and towns.

"So, you're left with these 'bookend

generations' that require, generally,

a lot more human services than the

middle, working-age population."

The research demonstrates the need to

focus on new and innovative ways to

new Montana state librarian named

Jennie Stapp, the current digital

library director and chief information

officer at the Montana State

Library, was named the new montana

state librarian after an extensive national

search. Stapp replaces Darlene


Stapp has held various positions at

the state library, worked in other

libraries, and served in the Peace

Corps. She holds a Master's of Library

Science from the University of Arizona.

With a budget of $9.7 million and

46 employees, the Montana State

FwP wire serviCes

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is

requesting comments on two proposed

rule changes, one that would

allow nonresident falconers to capture

raptors in Montana, and another

to align regulation of raptor propagation

with new federal rules.

Montana was one of only a few states

that forbid nonresident falconers

from capturing birds until the

Montana Legislature eliminated the

restriction in 2011. FWP has proposed

a quota of three raptors and a

$200 capture fee.

Library meets information needs

of Montana government agency

management and staff and ensures

citizens have access to government


The Montana Library Association, a

private nonprofit membership organization

that lobbies on behalf of all

Montana libraries and library patrons,

will hold its 2012 annual conference

in Big Sky, April 11-14. The Big Sky

Community Library is assisting in

planning efforts for the event. Hundreds

of people from around the state

attend, including Stapp.

new raptor regulations proposed

Nearly 97,000 businesses filed

their annual reports online in 2011,

a record number, according to the

Secretary of State’s office.

Improvements in that office’s online

services have significantly reduced

In revising regulations to comply

with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Service, FWP would increase the

licensing period for raptor propagators.

Having captive bred birds

available for falconry reduces the take

of wild raptors for the sport. Today,

15 people have the state and federal

licenses necessary to breed and raise

raptors in Montana.

Comments due by Dec. 30. Email to: or by mail to: Falconry,

P.O. Box 200701, Helena, M.T,


Record online filings for 2011 annual reports

oFFiCe oF the seCretary oF state

create rural economic opportunities,

Bailey says. Renewable energy, broadband

expansion and ecotourism are recommended

in the report as investments

that could help grow working-age

populations, and in turn, better support

the younger and older generations.

"This affects what we do policy-wise

and what type of services have to be

provided in rural places, and how that

gets funded."

Rural areas depend on the taxes paid

by working-age folks to fund education

and health care, Bailey says, so

it hurts the whole community when

they leave. The trend isn't unique

to Montana; the report shows the

same story throughout the Great

Plains. The report, "Age Distribution

on the Great Plains," is online at files.

office spending by $1.3 million in

the first year, and made doing business

with the state more convenient.

Montana law requires foreign and

domestic corporations and limited

liability companies to file annual

financial reports. Businesses that

don’t file the report can’t legally

operate in Montana.

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Holiday-related injuries

By erin BiLLS, mPh

big sky weekly Contributor

Not only does December bring Santa

and his eight reindeer, it also brings the

potential for holiday-related injuries.

Whether you’re stringing lights in the

tradition of Clark W. Griswold, rolling

the dice at buffet tables, or baking

Christmas cookies, you may be popping

the cork on a bottle of holiday health


Every year, the Center for Disease Control

and Prevention reports more than

17,000 emergency visits for holidayrelated


A significant

percentage of

these result

from decorating.

At your next

holiday gathering,


these simple

tips to keep from fa-la-la-ing apart. It’s

all fun and reindeer games until someone

gets hurt.

If you’re not santa claus, leave the

rooftop work to the elves or professional

home decorators in your area.

Christmas lights are to blame for many

slips, sprains, strains and shocks. Teetering

on a ladder haphazardly perched

atop a snowy, slippery surface has the

obvious risk of falling.

opt for leD lights and appropriately

utilize electrical outlets by

using a power strip and limiting the

number of strings used per outlet.

If overstuffing electrical outlets with

old strings of lights is more your style,

you may find yourself in a hair raising

situation. The risk of electrical shock

and fires caused by holiday lights

drastically increases during the holiday


Trees, real or artificial, should be

placed away from heat sources, watered

daily (if real), and kept away

from small children and pets. O

Tannenbaum, that seasonal symbol of

joy and happiness, comes with its own

unique health risk factors. If ingested,

artificial tree parts may present a choking

hazard, while real pine needles may

trigger allergic reactions.

Poinsettias and mistletoe: traditional

and toxic. These holiday plants

are naturally poisonous if ingested.

Another bonus? Mistletoe, that opportunistic

plant, gives many the courage

to pucker up and spread communicable

diseases this time of year. Spare your

Christmas crush the seasonal sniffles

and offer a cookie from the holiday buffet

table instead.

holiday baking, cooking, and feasting

might be one of the biggest

holiday health risks of all. Not so

fast! Food borne illness is not the way

to spread holiday cheer. Ensure that

food is cooked thoroughly and kept

at the proper temperature to decrease

the risk of making others sick. Cuts

and burns during the food preparation

process could place you on a fast track

in the front wheel drive sleigh to the

emergency department.

You may be starting to think ‘oh, what

fun the holidays are not.’ Or perhaps

this holiday health Grinch is a fun

hater. Maybe it’s time we take a look at

some reindeer games.

When taking the family out for

some holiday

every year, the Center for

disease Control and Prevention

reports more than 17,000

emergency visits for holidayrelated


sledding its

important to


that sledding

hills are

named just

like ski runs.


your favorite childhood sledding hill?

Was it Devil's Drop, Suicide Slide, Back

Breaker, or something similar? Unless

you’re an experienced sledder on familiar

terrain, think before you drop in to

an appropriately named black diamond

sledding run. Remember, adults don't

bounce up off of the ground as well as

10-year-olds. Your tailbone and shoulders

may thank you.

Football and skiing are responsible

for many sports-related injuries

during the holiday season. There is

high risk for football injury when not

playing with appropriate equipment,

such as when tackling your friend in

the living room to celebrate your college

team’s bowl win, or when "touch"

football degenerates into "tackle"


If you’re on vacation or on the ski

hill for the first time this year,

start slow. Make a few runs on some

easier runs before riding the tram

and dropping in to the Big Couloir in

early season conditions. Take a lesson

if you need one, and make sure your

equipment is in reasonable condition.

Depending on your ability, it might be

better to start out on Southern Comfort

before skiing the Dictators with your

mom who is on vacation.

After reading this, you might think the

holiday season is the riskiest time of

year. One reason is the fact that people

are getting out and doing things with

their friends and families. After all, it

wouldn’t be the holidays if someone

didn’t say, “hold my beer and watch


Erin A. Bills, MPH lives in Big Sky and

is dedicated to improving the health of

Montana’s rural populations. Follow her

blog at projectbagbalm.wordpress.


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internal revenue serviCe

The IRS is looking to return $153.3

million in undelivered tax refund

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professional corporation). The audit

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Business Profile: dee-o-gee

By emiLy StifLer

big sky weekly managing editor

Josh Allen always wanted to own his own business.

He didn’t think it would be dog store, but he’s

happy that’s how it turned out.

“Pet people, dog owners, generally are happy,” he

says. “I think pets enrich our lives.”

Allen and his wife Holly, both Montana natives and

Montana State alumni, started Dee-o-Gee in 2008.

It wasn’t the best time to start a new business, Allen

admits, but it’s grown anyway, and now has five

other employees.

The store, on Eighth and Main streets in Bozeman,

sells mostly eco-friendly products manufactured in

the U.S., and from “small mom and pop businesses,”

Allen says. They also offer dog grooming, healthy

dog food and homemade gourmet dog treats.

The grooming, which accounts for 25 – 30 percent

of business, draws customers from Bozeman, Big

Sky, Ennis, Livingston, Gardiner and Billings.

Allen credits community support—plus the number

of dog owners in Bozeman—for Dee-o-Gee’s


“We learned firsthand the value of local small business

to a local or regional economy,” Allen says,

and “how important it is to support people who are

your neighbors, instead of spending dollars at a big


The company’s new website has online shopping

for everything in the store, and a full line delivery

service that includes toys, treats and pet food.

While the delivery service is only in and around

Bozeman, regional one-day shipping is also available.




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The Allens started Dee-o-Gee because “it was hard to find a good local place to get your dog

groomed, to get good dog food you can trust, and to get a fun toy.” PhotoS CourteSy of JoSh aLLen

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Allen says having loyal customers has also enabled

Dee-o-Gee to give back. The owners donate

dog food to the Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter

in Bozeman, sponsor events at the shelter and

the fairgrounds, and give a cut of their profits to

their church.

“I love that part of being a business owner,” he

says, “being in the fabric of a community.”



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Big Sky Town Center • 55 Lone Peak Drive • Suite 3

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$1,725,000 • #157935 • call don

• 4 bd, 6 ba, 4,001 +/- sf custom home

• furnished, deck on three sides

• 20 +/- acres, trout pond, stream

• tremendous views of the Spanish Peaks

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$1,075,000 • #175582 • call George

• 3 bd, 5 ba, 4,500 +/- sf home

• 8 +/- acres (2 contiguous lots), pond

• beautiful natural landscaping, mature trees

• guest home, Yellow Mountain views

LoSt traiLS Lot #6

$775,000 • #179325. • call Stacy

• 20 +/- acres, 8 lot subdivision

• Spanish Peaks views, sunny lot

• 3 miles to Big Sky Ski and Summer resort

• fabulous location with outstanding views

raiNbow trout ruN

$479,000 • #176526 • call Stacy

• 3 bd, 2.5 ba, 2365+/- sf, custom finishes

• bonus room above 2 car attached garage

• massive wood burning stone fireplace

• hot tub, flagstone patio with fire pit

aNtLer ridGe, Lot 149

$269,000 • #161824 • call don

• .35 +/- acre lot, Lone Mtn. views

• exceptional building site, southern exposure

• community water system

• between Mountain and Meadow Villages

Don Pilotte, Broker, GRI, RRS, SFR, 406.580.0155

Eric Ossorio, Broker, 406.539.9553

Stacy Ossorio, Broker, 406.539.8553

Debbie Applebaum, Sales Associate, 406.570.7474

North fork rd, tract 2

$1,400,000• #180623 • call Stacy

• 20 acres Triple Triangle Ranch

• extraordinary views and nordic ski trail access

• desirable, private enclave

• contiguous to North Fork Tract 8


craiL raNch towNhome

$990,000 • #180839 • call George

• 4 bd, 4 ba, 3,500 +/- sf

• furnished with over $124,000 furniture

• next to flowing creek with outstanding views

• heated 2 car attached garage

355 Low doG road

$759,000 • #180986 • call marc

• 4 bd, 3.5 ba, 3136 +/- sf, 1+ acre lot

• fresh paint, wood floor

• at the base of Wardance ski run

• nestled in the trees at Mountain Village

aLPeNGLow coNdo 18c

$396,000 • #174888 • call eric or Stacy

• 3 bd, 3 ba, 2,054 +/- sf

• gourmet kitchen, knotty alder cabinets

• gas rock fireplace, furnishings negotiable

• deck, 1 car attached garage

cedar creek #61

$173,000 • #179877 • call George

• 2 bd / 2 ba, 991 +/- sq feet

• beautifully furnished, gas fireplace

• clean, well appointed

• good rental income

Toni Delzer, Sales Associate, 406.570.3195

Mark Dobrenski, Sales Associate, 406.599.2175

George Hagar, Sales Associate, 406.580.2248

North fork rd, tract 8

$1,100,000 • #180527 • call Stacy

• 20 acres Triple Triangle Ranch

• hiking and ski trails to lot

• desirable, private enclave

• contiguous to tract 2 to create 40 acres

Powder ridGe cabiN

$795,000 • #176798 • call Stacy

• 4 bd, 3 ba, 2,577 +/- sf, furnished

• ski-in/ski-out to White Otter lift

• numerous upgrades, river rock fireplace

• entertaining deck off of the kitchen, hot tub

beaVer creek w, Lot 13

$695,000 • #176399 • caLL don

• 20 +/- acres, spectacular views

• located on gentle slope, private driveway

• ideal for a new home, well is drilled

• convenient to all of Big Sky

caScade Lot 71a

$299,000 • #173281 • call Stacy or eric

• 1.3 +/- acre Knob lot, ski-in/ski-out

• adjacent to Thunderwolf lift

• breathtaking Lone Mountain views

• agent owned

aNtLer ridGe LotS

$105,000 • call George

• .46 +/- acres lots

• wonderful building sites, gorgeous views

• water & sewer (septic) metered

• purchase 1 lot or make an offer on both

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88 Gray owL LaNe

$1,100,000 • #179265 • call don

• 3 bd, 3 ba, 2402 +/- sf home

• custom home on 2+/- ac lot

• sited on 2 lots

• heated garage with storage

LoSt traiLS Lot #8

$780,000 • # 178440 • call don

• 20 +/- acres sunny, south-facing building sites

• between Mountain and Meadow Villages

• views of Yellowstone Mtn and Spanish Peaks

• community water system with fire flow


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• 20 acre tract w/gorgeous mtn views

• price includes Locati Home plans

• south facing, old growth fir trees

• compelling price and offering

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$299,000 • #174621 • call Stacy

• premier mountin enclave

• Spanish Peak views

• close to Thunder Wolf lift

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1350 hiLL coNdo

$36,000 • #179795 • call eric

• 1 bd, 1 ba, 440 +/- sf

• top floor unit overlooks lake

• great condition

• very nice upgrades, short sale

Anne MacKenzie, Sales Associate, 406.223.1095

Peter MacKenzie, Sales Associate, 406.223.1195


europe, part 2: koln, germany

By Jamie daugaard

Big Sky WeekLy ContriButor

On a recent trip to Europe, I visited

the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg

and Italy. Here, I’d like to

discuss the architecture of the Koln

Cathedral, which exemplifies the

Gothic Architecture during the medieval

time period, in Germany. My

next article will continue to be on

the Rheinland of Germany and in

particular the Roman city of Trier.

As I traveled from Amsterdam,

Netherlands to Koln (pronounced

Cologne), Germany by the Autobahn,

I noticed a change from the

urban density of the Netherlands to

smaller clusters of towns and rural


My first destination in Germany

was Koln, and with it, a visit to the

Koln Cathedral. I’ve studied architectural

history and taught as an

aide at Montana State University,

so experiencing this type of architecture

in person was stunning, awe

inspiring and humbling. In it, I saw

the culture’s importance of expressing

a higher belief and making

every effort to celebrate that.

Koln Cathedral is based on gothic

architecture. It was constructed

between 1248 and 1880. Yes, 632

years to construct, although the cathedral

started to be used in the 1330s.

At 515 feet, the spires once made Koln

Cathedral the tallest structure in the


As gothic architecture evolved from

Romanesque architecture, construction

techniques and engineering

improved. The mass of the exterior

supporting walls became smaller,

and were replaced with larger

openings. This type of architectural

style was able to nurture and

celebrate vertical expression and

natural light in its spaces.

The Koln Cathedral is made completely

of stone and embodies

gothic ecclesiastical architecture,

with the exterior flying stone buttresses

built to support the outward

thrust caused by the weight of the

structure above. Much of its decoration

is pointed up, toward heaven.

Its stone windows and "plate and

bar tracery" are capped with rich

stone articulation at entries, roof

edges and spires.

Approaching Koln Cathedral I felt

the impressive scale in height and

width. As I got closer, the ornamentation

everywhere was evident.

Interesting is the patina of the

stone, where weathered older stone

turns a darker black color and more

prominent at the top of the Cathedral

and fades to a gray as you get to

lower elevations.

Inside the Cathedral, the immensity

of space and the verticality

is captivating. I noticed so many

details: faint sounds and tones;

colored light pouring in from the

stained glass; the stone rib for the

vaulting, soft colors; and the large

relieved stone furniture pieces.

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The stone on the interior is less

worked and ornamented than the

exterior; I believe it was done this

way to direct focus on the bishop

at the end of the nave. The stone

tile flooring mosaics are articulated

throughout, and I’m certain with

religious and historical meaning:

Emblem seals compliment Latin

scriptures, and there are repeating

elements such as leaves, birds and

geometric shapes.

This site is a beautiful project on

a massive human scale, all built

before power equipment, lifts, steel

cranes or gasoline powered vehicles


Koln Cathedral is also listed on the

UNESCO World Heritage Sites.



Jamie Daugaard, principal of

Centre Sky Architecture, received

his B-Arch and M-Arch from MSU.

Sustainability is deeply rooted in his

work, which is mostly in mountain

regions, with offices in Denver and

Big Sky. He will post more photos

from this trip at

If you would like to comment

on this article or would like to learn

more about another topic, you can

contact him at

or (406) 995-7572.

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big sky real estate update:

Reflections on 2011 and predictions for 2012

from the local experts at Sotheby’s international realty, Jeff helms, tallie Jamison and ryan kulesza

First and foremost, we want to welcome you back

to Big Sky, the best place to enjoy the holiday

season. Since your last visit, we’d like to bring

you up to speed on our local real estate market.

What follows is an overview of the last year’s

activity in our entire region including the Meadow,

Mountain, and Canyon areas, as well as the

four resorts. There is a lot of data and doing the

research on your own can be daunting, so we’ve

done the work for you. We invite you to review

the numbers in our data driven report on pages 30

and 31 or visit us next to the Hungry Moose for a

personal overview.

a year IN reVIeW

In 2011, we created a marketplace in which properties

actually traded. That may sound insignificant,

but in comparison to 2009 and 2010 where

we saw a relatively inactive marketplace, we

had difficulty determining values because there

were so few sales. Thankfully, now, we can look

at comparable data within distinct segments and

discern true market value. Just over two hundred

properties traded hands this year, for a total

of $106,000,000 (excluding Yellowstone Club


We hit an important milestone late this year:

our inventory levels fell below 500, contracting

by 38% since the highs of 2008, when we had

over 750 listings in the entire Big Sky market.

This absorption shows both confidence in the

market and a correction in the balance of supply

and demand. 75% of the transactions were under

$500,000, leading buyers to seek value at price

points over $500,000. We were encouraged to see

many $1M+ sales in the fourth quarter.

buyers’ marKeT

The most important step a buyer can take towards

making a purchase is to get an education on the

finer points of their market segment. Well priced

properties, foreclosures in particular, have seen

multiple offers within 48 hours and even sold

over the listing price. Buyers need to know when

to strike so they don’t miss a great opportunity.

With the combination of decreased prices and

very low vacancy rates in the long- and shortterm

rental markets, investors have begun to allocate

money to acquire income-producing properties.

We expect 2012 to continue to be a buyer’s

market, with high-end properties in particular.

DIsTresseD ProPerTIes

Short sales, foreclosures and bank-owned properties

are still affecting our overall market. In

2011, 24% of solds were technically classified as

distressed, while only 10% of our active listings

are distressed. In other words, we have a high

demand for distressed properties, but the supply

has been diminished. Buyers continue to ask for a

list of foreclosures; that list is shrinking. The opportunity

to purchase top quality distressed real

estate is now.


We remain cautiously optimistic about the overall

Big Sky market. Over the past year, we have

watched Yellowstone Club stabilize, Moonlight

Basin begin to emerge from bankruptcy, and

Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC file for Chapter

7 bankruptcy with all services coming to halt.

Through it all, Big Sky Resort seemed to make

wise and prudent decisions in all facets of their

operations. Resort areas rely heavily on real estate

sales in order to sustain their business models.

Thus, you can anticipate new product development

and releases in the later half of 2012 in

order to generate much needed revenue to sustain

operations in both Yellowstone Club and Moonlight

Basin. For example, we expect the release of

the final phase of the Powder Ridge Cabins (4B),

a ski-in ski-out condo development at Big Sky


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We anticipate vacant land sales to increase in

2012 due to such low prices throughout Big Sky.

Inventory levels in Moonlight Basin will continue

to diminish into the first quarter of 2012,

which will lead to an increase in value for many of

the ski-in ski-out properties there. Yellowstone

Club will continue to see absorption in their

secondary market, which will eventually lead to

new developer releases. They are launching built

product that the consumer can purchase ‘turnkey’.

Yellowstone Club will continue to be our

glimmer of hope in the high-end luxury segment.

As occurred in 1998 to 2001, when YC values

improve, the rest of the market follows.

We confidently predict that in 2012, absorption

rates in Moonlight Basin, YC and Big Sky Resort

will increase over 2011. We guarantee that

Big Sky remains an incredible destination with

quality of life unmatched by any other mountain

resort community. Our advice to you is to begin

tracking the data in order to stay in tune with

market dynamics.

Insider’s Edge

The Big Sky real estate market can be difficult to

navigate. It’s hard to predict true market values,

so we rose to that challenge by developing a solution

called the “Insider’s Edge.” On this portion

of our website, we will simplify local news and

real estate updates. Now more than ever, buyers

and sellers need a knowledge-based resource to

make informed real estate decisions.

Jeff, Tallie and Ryan are an integral component

of the leading real estate firm in Big Sky and are

proud to live, work, and play here. See our Year

End Review on pages 30 and 31 for an in-depth

analysis of the entire Big Sky real estate market.

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Year in Review - 2011 Properties Sold (To Date)

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TBD Gallatin Road $79,000 $99,000 127.42

1000 Cascade Creek Road $92,000 $92,000 296.77

531 Cascade Creek $79,700 $79,700 120.76

TBD Storm Castle Road $130,000 $130,000 194.03

54320 Gallatin Road $184,900 $194,900 264.14

34 Primrose Lane $300,000 $309,000 121.21

43 Paintbrush Place $425,000 $425,000 130.65

65550 Gallatin Road $449,000 $495,000 249.44

1299 Dudley Creek Road $429,000 $623,000 268.13

312 Windy Pass Trail $599,000 $599,000 183.97

49825 Gallatin Road $699,000 $699,000 272.2

355 Beaver Mountain Trail $749,900 $824,900 314.42

84 Lazy T-4 Road $1,174,900 162.06

200 Towering Pines Road $1,595,000 299.59

54725 Gallatin Road $1,695,000 426.2

500 Beaver Creek Road $1,495,000 282.08

360 Rainbow Ranch Road $1,995,000 306.92

59400 Gallatin Road $97,500 $125,000 178.57

Beavercreek West Lot 22B $279,000 $399,000

Buck Ridge Ranch Lot 12 $299,000 $450,000

Porcupine Park Lot 13A $369,000 $369,000

Greathorn Ranch Tract 1 $3,200,000

Meadow Area

RJS Building Unit 204 $275,000 $275,000

659 Spruce Cone Drive $295,000 $350,000 98.33

Gallatin Building Unit 13 $34,900 $39,900 95.36

Spruce Condo 6 $63,750 $75,000 101.19

Gallatin Building Unit 16 $48,000 $90,000 89.55

193 Spruce Cone Drive $65,900 $65,900 56.81

Firelight Condo 3C $85,000 $85,000 77.84

Firelight Condo 6A $75,000 $99,500 68.68

Silverbow 55 $75,000 $75,000 107.76

Firelight Condo B6 $79,900 $94,900 73.17

Firelight Condo C8 $84,900 $84,900 77.75

Firelight Condo B8 $77,250 $77,250 70.74

Firelight Condo 5C $85,000 $115,000 77.84

Yellowstone Condo 88 $83,500 $83,500 125.75

8 Firelight Drive $89,900 $89,900 82.33

Spruce Condo 51 $94,900 $99,900 110.09

Firelight Condo 19C $79,900 $79,900 64.75

Firelight Condo 16C $85,000 $85,000 77.84

Spruce Condo 11 $94,500 $94,500 132.17

Broadwater 185 $89,000 $89,000 134.85

Glacier Condo 160 $109,900 $137,500 149.73

Broadwater 187 $98,000 $136,000 104.7

Firelight Condo 10D $105,000 $159,000 96.15

Firelight Condo 20A $115,000 $115,000 93.19

Firelight Condo D6 $105,000 $105,000 96.15

Pine Ridge Condo #8 $96,000 $96,000 81.77

Firelight Condo 11A $128,250 $135,000 103.59

Broadwater 180 $149,500 $175,000 151.32

Firelight Condo 2D $115,000 $115,000 105.31

Aspen Court 1 $149,000 $189,000 128.89

Hidden Village 81 $179,900 $220,000 93.41

Glacier Condo 152 $145,000 $145,000 197.55

Glacier Condo 157 $159,900 $199,900 217.85

Madison Court 11 $144,900 $157,900 103.5

68 Rose Hip Circle $142,500 $142,500 73.15

109 Candlelight $143,900 $156,900 77.41

Gray Wolf Condo 2830 $150,000 $150,000 84.65

Madison Court 5 $179,000 $189,500 157.02

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$180,000 $180,000 96.83

75 Firelight Drive $174,900 $174,900 94.08

517 Firelight Drive $169,900 $180,700 79.43

397 Firelight Drive $179,900 $179,900 96.77

74 Candlelight Meadow


$184,900 $184,900 86.44

503 Firelight Drive $195,000 $195,000 91.29

49 Candlelight Meadow


$201,000 $201,000 93.97

381 Firelight Drive $206,000 $219,000 111.71

277 Candlelight Meadows


$199,900 $199,900 93.45

2575 Curly Bear Road $225,000 $279,000 173.08

Silverbow 48 $239,000 $375,000 170.71

Deer Run 4E $210,000 $224,900 110.06

677 Sunburst Drive $239,000 $279,000 115.46

2575 Curley Bear Road $239,000 $239,000 137.04

51 Rose Hip Circle $259,000 $259,000 135.32

647 Sunburst Drive $275,000 $275,000 125.46

41 Blue Flax Place $350,000 $350,000 179.49

21 Blue Flax Place $299,000 $315,000 107.25

Deer Run H2 $375,000 $395,000 176.3

C3 Blue Spruce Way $325,000 $375,000 161.21

3525 Ringneck Road $299,000 $299,000 163.93

Deer Run G1 $395,000 $489,900 185.71

Deer Run I2 $375,000 $375,000 176.3

Spanish Peaks Club Condo


$329,000 $399,000 153.74

Deer Run I1 $375,000 $375,000 176.3

F2 Blue Spruce Way $345,000 $345,000 171.13

Spanish Peaks Club Condo


$339,000 $472,500 158.41

Crail Creek Condo 615 $399,000 $495,000 159.6

Spanish Peaks Club Condo


$424,900 $448,000 176.82

Elevation 6000 B1 $550,000 $550,000 203.18

Lone Peak Townhome 10 $499,000 $499,000 207.92

145A Pheasant Tail Rd $444,900 $509,000 173.92

133A Pheasant Tail Lane $497,500 $497,500 166.28

Spanish Peaks Club Condo


$519,900 $549,000 204.04

2265 Little Coyote Road $299,000 $319,900 190.69

2455 Little Coyote $350,000 $350,000 194.44

98 Limber Pine $329,000 $389,000 219.33

2550 Curley Bear Road $426,900 $449,500 144.61

380 Spruce Cone Drive $399,000 $399,000 185.75

2165 Yellowtail Road $299,000 $299,000 91.27

2310 Yellowtail Road $399,900 $599,900 151.48

2695 Curley Bear Road $420,000 $565,000 180.41

50 Skywood Road $429,000 $490,000 336.21

125 Chief Joseph Trail $499,000 $799,000 210.37

1881 Little Coyote Road $437,000 $549,000 174.8

1792 Little Coyote Road $575,000 $675,000 186.45

2715 Little Coyote $599,000 $649,000 239.6

2605 Little Coyote $689,000 $689,000 217.08

466 Antler Ridge Road $633,600 $633,600 113.14

336 Autumn Trail $759,000 $949,000 210.83

121 Silverado Trail $795,000 $795,000 277.97

350 Misty Way $864,000 213.86

170 GRAY OWL LANE $999,000 293.82

1555 Silverado Trail $1,999,995 307.69

229 Amber Lilly Lane $2,695,000 374.31

West Fork Meadows Lot 6 $63,500 $63,500

Block 5 Lot 10 $79,900 $99,900 6.66

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Michener Meadows Lot 20 $225,000 $685,000

Grey Drake Lot 7 $299,000 $299,000

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cannot represent that it is accurate or complete, and it should not be relied upon as such. This offering is subject to errors, omissions and changes including price or withdrawal

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Saddle Ridge C2 $314,900 $329,900 178.82

Saddle Ridge F2 $359,000 $359,000 203.86

Saddle Ridge F4 $389,000 $399,000 220.9

Saddle Ridge B2 $410,000 $410,000 232.82

Saddle Ridge D2 $430,000 $430,000 244.18

Saddle Ridge L1 $499,000 $499,000 229.32

Saddle Ridge U1 $595,000 $649,000 276.1

Alpine Meadows Suite 6A $1,295,000 518

Alpine Duplex 1A $1,395,000 604.42

Alpine Meadows Suite 6C $1,595,000 531.67

Luxury Suite 2C $1,495,000 498.33

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 10 $450,000 $699,000 576.92

Cowboy Heaven Cabin 11 $542,000 $865,000 694.87

Mountain Home 60 $895,000 $895,000 349.61

Mountain Home 63 $899,000 $899,000 340.53

Mountain Home 47 $1,079,000 421.48

Alpine Meadows Chalet 76 $1,295,000 488.68

126 Diamond Hitch Road $2,495,000 629.57

10 Hackamore Rd $2,335,000 447.92

17 Renegade Road $3,995,000 574.99

105 Peaks View Drive $4,495,000 620.6

Lot 20 Diamond Hitch $499,000 $499,000


The Lodge at Big Sky #320 $32,900 $39,000 71.21

The Lodge at Big Sky #214 $29,900 $29,900 64.72

Hill Condo 1192 $40,000 $40,000 90.91

Hill Condo 1243 $40,000 $48,900 90.91

Hill Condo 1203 $37,950 $54,950 86.25

Hill Condo 1264 $52,000 $52,000 118.18

Hill Condo 1260 $49,000 $49,000 108.89

Hill Condo 1277 $75,000 $99,000 112.28

Hill Condo 1229 $63,000 $65,000 143.18

Hill Condo 1352 $65,000 $125,000 147.73

Hill Condo 1334 $78,000 $78,000 177.27

Cedar Creek Condo 8 $82,000 $82,000 144.88

Cedar Creek Condo 15 $84,000 $84,000 107.28

Cedar Creek Condo 18 $69,000 $175,000 88.12

Cedar Creek Condo 10 $70,000 $70,000 89.4

Cedar Creek Condo 26 $76,500 $172,000 97.7

Cedar Creek Condo 16 $97,000 $97,000 123.88

Cedar Creek Condo 35 $94,900 $179,000 109.33

Stillwater Condo 1021 $129,500 $129,500 242.51

Stillwater Condo 1040 $259,000 $269,000 287.78

Shoshone 1953 $199,000 $199,000 227.17

Big Horn 11 $300,000 $325,000 172.71

Big Horn 37 $400,000 $635,000 234.6

Big Horn 69 $380,000 $495,000 238.24

Village Center Room 208 $449,000 $449,000 590.79

Alpenglow Condo 19A $369,000 $479,000 159.12

Elkhorn Condo 1302 $485,000 $515,000 149.97

Arrowhead 1672 $675,000 $775,000 346.15

Moosewood Condo Unit F $644,900 $644,900 231.15

Black Eagle Lodge 30 $698,000 252.9

Powder Ridge Cabin 130 $699,000 $825,000 341.48

Powder Ridge Cabin 131 $699,000 $699,000 340.98

Powder Ridge Cabin 135 $727,000 $865,000 316.09

Powder Ridge Cabin 127 $895,000 $895,000 292.77

Black Eagle Lodge 11 $995,000 $995,000 361.82



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Powder Ridge Cabin 47 $1,195,000 358.43

Summit Hotel Room 1007 $1,600,000 513.31

5 BEEHIVE BASIN Road $849,000 287.8

44 Summit View $1,274,000 148.61

38 Middle Rider Road $1,695,000 339.88

928 Cascade Creek Rd $84,900 $95,900 141.5

Summit View Lot 5 $225,000 $699,000

Cascade Sub Lot 186A $199,000 $395,000

Lot #168A Cascade SD $180,000 $224,900

Cascade 126A $299,000 $299,000

Cascade Lot 340, Block 6 $280,000 $310,000

Cascade Lot 120A $299,000 $350,000

90 Summit View Drive $349,700 $349,700

Ridgeview Lot 3 $890,000 $890,000

Spanish Peaks

Cabin 23 $1,699,000 591.57

Cabin 22 $2,250,000 657.32

6519 Beaver Creek Rd $999,999 571.43

820 Elk Meadow Trail $3,250,000 449.7

658 Elk Meadow Trail $5,000,000 542.53


Ranch 121 $140,000 $140,000

Ranch 23 $139,900 $255,000

Ranch 122 $195,000 $195,000

Ranch 31 $197,000 $298,000

Big EZ Estate 20 $179,900 $229,900

Wildridge 37 $359,000 $359,000

Ski Tip Glade 12 $1,050,000

Yellowstone Club

Sunrise Ridge Condo 42A $2,850,000 740.26

Andesite Ridge Lot 123 $6,750,000 961.4

Andesite Ridge Lot 130 $1,500,000

Andesite Ridge Lot 46, YC

Phases I&II

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Condos 121 59%

Homes 55 27%

Land 28 14%

Commercial 2 1%

Sold By Type

With Condo values generally down as

much as 60% from the highs of 2007

and long term vacancies staying below

3%, investor interest in this product

type rose in 2011. Interest in vacant land

continue to lag as replacement costs are

still significantly higher than the cost

of already built homes and condos. We

traded two commercial properties in all

of Big Sky and continue to see a high vacancy

rate in commercial leases.

$0-$100,000 46 22%

$100,001-$200,000 37 18%

$200,001-$300,000 26 13%

$300,001-$400,000 26 13%

$400,001-$500,000 15 7%

$500,001-$600,000 5 2%

$600,001-$1,000,000 26 13%

$1,000,001-$3,000,000 20 10%

$3,000,001-$5,000,000 4 2%

$5,000,000+ 1 0%

Price Ranges Sold

by Transaction Count

A wave of activity occurred in the lower

end market (under $500K) and we expect

it to flow into the higher end market

(over $500K) in 2012. Value opportunities

have been absorbed (read: sold)

in the low end market and buyers have

just started to participate in the higherend

market in an effort to find value in

well-priced inventory.

Profile & Status Updates for our Resorts

Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin is a 8,150 acre public business model situated between Lone

Mountain and the Spanish Peaks range in the Jack Creek drainage of Madison

County. There are 1651 residential units fully entitled for development of which

353 have been built and sold. Amenities include a spa, 8,000-yard Jack Nicklaus

golf course (the back 9 holes are completed) and 1,900 acres of pristine groomers,

tree glades, and challenging steep terrain (with more terrain to come). Vacant land

parcels vary in size from 1 acre to 160 acres. Residential options include private

ski-in ski-out homes, cabins, and condos. Much of their real estate can be accessed

on skis to both Moonlight Basin and Big Sky Resort’s 5,512 skiable acres (with the

Lone Peak Pass). Moonlight Basin filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2008 and has

worked to restructure their debt. A definitive settlement between Lehmann Commercial

and Moonlight Basin is tentatively scheduled for December 16th (as of

press time). The close of the sale of Moonlight’s assets to Lehmann and an issuance

of final decree will mark an official end to the bankruptcy.

# active listings: 39 $ active listings: $66,792,000

# sold in 2011: 15 $ sold in 2011: $27,711,000

Average sold / sf : $521.26

Big Sky Resort Area

Big Sky Resort is a public business model that is owned and operated by Boyne

Resorts and is capitalized by CNL based in Orlando, Florida. The iconic Mountain

Village operates as the ski area’s hub of activity and nightlife. Amenities

include 3,832 acres of worldclass skiing, including 150 named runs covering over

85 miles on three separate mountains and a tram-accessable 11,166 foot peak,

heated outdoor pools, two hotels, 18-hole Arnold Palmer golf course located

in the Meadow. and a variety of on-mountain summer activities. Residential

developer options include ski-in ski-out cabins and slopeside condos, starting at

$149,000. There are no developer land options at this time.

Mountain Village

# active listings: 120 $ active listings: $61,842,650

# sold in 2011: 49 $ sold in 2011: $21,636,250

Average sold / sf : $189.88

Yellowstone Club

$0-$100,000 $3,148,834 3%

$100,001-$200,000 $5,518,500 5%

$200,001-$300,000 $6,506,339 6%

$300,001-$400,000 $8,765,525 8%

$400,001-$500,000 $6,512,300 6%

$500,001-$600,000 $2,774,000 3%

$600,001-$1,000,000 $20,087,999 19%

$1,000,001-$3,000,000 $32,885,684 31%

$3,000,001-$5,000,000 $14,945,000 14%

$5,000,000+ $5,300,000 5%

Price Ranges Sold by

Dollar Volume

It is intersecting to see that while the

lower end market (below $500K) represents

75% of the transactions, it is only

31% of the total market volume. It is

many people’s perception that foreclosures

typically occur in the low end market,

but you can see in the list to the left

that there were 4 distressed sales over

$1M this year.

Yellowstone Club is a 13,600 acre private business model encompassing Pioneer

and Eglise Mountains in Madison County, adjacent to Lone Mountain. There

are 864 entitlements of which approximately 345 non-equity residential memberships

have sold since they opened in 2000. Amenities include 2,200 acres of

Private Powder, a Tom Weiskopf 18-hole golf course, first-class fitness center

and outdoor heated pool, 140,000 square foot Warren Miller Lodge housing a

spa, kids’ facilities, and a variety of entertainment and dining outlets. Residential

options include custom homes, 160-acre private ranches, slopeside chalets, and

base lodge Condos which range between $2M and $26M. In 2008, the Club filed

Chapter 11 bankruptcy but has since successfully emerged. They are now well

capitalized by a group comprised of CrossHarbor Capital Partners, LLC, Discovery

Land Company and about 60 members. They have seen strong sales in the

last year due to a re-setting of values in the resale market.

# active listings: Contact Us Directly $ active listings: Contact Us Directly

# sold in 2011: Contact Us Directly $ sold in 2011: Contact Us Directly

Spanish Peaks

The Club at Spanish Peaks is a 5,700 acre private business model situated between

Big Sky Resort and Yellowstone Club on Andesite and Flat Iron Mountains. They

have 850 entitlements of which approximately 318 non-equity Residential and Golf

Memberships have been sold since they opened in 2000. Approximately 40 homes

have been built with about 6 currently under construction. Vacant land parcels

vary in size from 1 acre to 25 acres. Their ski accessible real estate is also uniquely

adjacent to a Tom Weiskopf 18-hole golf course, and offers private access to Big

Sky Resort’s public skiing. A clubhouse acts as the center of activity for members

as well as a yurt near the base of the Southern Comfort lift. In October 2011, their

holding company, Spanish Peaks Holdings II, LLC filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in

a Delaware court. Things are changing daily with respect to their future so please

contact us directly for the must current information.

# active listings: 77 $ active listings: $89,093,688

# sold in 2011: 12 $ sold in 2011: $$13,683,999

Average sold / sf : $562.51

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ways to DELVE into

New Year’s Eve at

Moonlight Lodge

For the adults...

Join us at Moonlight Lodge for a night of revelry.

Enjoy a special dinner at the new JACK CREEK

GRILLE, followed by music, dancing, party favors and a

champagne toast.

6pm till close

(Dinner seatings available from 6pm - 9pm)


NOT DINING WITH US? Attend our music

celebration only - $25 AFTER 10PM

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New Year’s Party

at Headwaters Grille

For the family...

Ring in 2012 with family fun for all ages at HEADWATERS

GRILLE at the Madison Village Base Area!

Celebrate the new year with karaoke, party favor crafts, a

balloon drop, and s’mores around the outdoor fi re pit.

6pm - 9pm


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reservations for

either event, please

contact Guest

Services at

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seCtion 3:

Life // Land //CuLture


In 2009, Rebecca Soulé sent a text

message to her sister-in-law Erin with a

photo of an extraordinary sunset, and a

note saying she loved her. Erin was sick

with leukemia, and Soulé hoped the

photo showing beams of light coming

from the clouds would comfort her.

Erin died two days later.

Several years later, Soulé received a call

from a woman who’d seen that same

image on a business card Soulé had

posted in the Cateye Café in Bozeman.

The woman had lost both of her

parents that year. Seeing that image,

she told Soulé, was the closest to god

she’d ever felt.

“Knowing I could make someone feel

like that was a pivotal point for me,”

Soulé says. “It was the biggest compliment

I’ve ever received.”

That phone call eventually led Soulé

to her next project—a show depicting a

year of sadness and healing in her own

life, told through self-portraits and images

of others.

Soulé, 35, lives in Bozeman with her

3-year-old daughter Olivia. A self-

taught photographer,

she has an intuitive and

emotional connection to


Photography has been a

tool for healing, and something

Soulé never planned

to share with anyone. But

when Erin was diagnosed

with leukemia, it put life

in perspective.

“It made me think about

what I want to do, what

I want to be,” Soulé says.

“Life is short. I realized it

was time to start showing

this work, to actually go

for it.”

She launched her business,

LucaPhotography, in June

2010, figuring if she was “meant to

be in it, it [would] show itself.”

Right away, she published a two

page black and white spread of

canoes on Hyalite Lake, in Outside

Bozeman—a centerfold, she jokes.

A month later she won five awards

in the Gallatin County Fair photo

contest. Her work appeared in Montana

Parent, Kidsville and Healthy

Living soon after.

By late spring, she was shooting

more family portraits and kids,

something she likes because kids are

“silly, and have the freedom to be


Describing herself as a “dual artist,”

Soulé likes this whimsical photography

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December 16, 2011

Volume 2 // Issue #22

the art of healing: LucaPhotography

By emiLy StifLer

big sky weekly managing editor

and also more challenging work where

she can dig deeper into human emotions.

This summer she shot photos with

Family Promise, a nonprofit that helps

and houses homeless families. The

images of volunteers and two homeless

families that hung in the U.S. Bank pagoda

let her realize the potential power

behind her work.

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“I am a life photographer who at times is the visual


When Soulé first found Bozeman in 2004, she was

on a road trip from Seattle and just stopped for a few

hours. Standing on Main Street, she watched people

greeting each other on the street. The community

feeling and artistic energy inspired her, and she knew

she’d found home.

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Soulé’s current show, which is hanging in the Nova

Café in Bozeman this December, exemplifies the two

sides of her work. One room holds a visual storyboard

with 11 mostly black and white images showing her

powerful year of transition and growth. The other is a

collection of family portraits.

The first series shows deep emotion—innocence,

vulnerability, wrenching sadness, angst, freedom,

peace and strength. The images include Soulé and her

daughter, and other acquaintances who wanted to be a

part of the project.

Admitting it sounds “a little bit out there,” she says

the participants “showed up when they were supposed

to,” each with something to say. “They came to me to

try and photograph that—to give them a voice. They

were the chosen people.”

The second set of photos is a color collection

that captures kids and families

together, happy. They’re not manicured

family portraits, but are sweet, earthy, and

with a sense of purity.

“I like capturing a child how they are. I

follow them around, sometimes run after

them. I make up crazy jokes to get them to

laugh or smile, put something on top of

my head so they’ll look at the camera.”

This show was cathartic, Soulé says.

“The photography is the art of healing

for me. For this show, I’m hoping it is for

others.” She thinks of it as a gift for others,

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and none of the photos are for sale.

After a year that was clearly very difficult, Soulé is

confident in life, and loves being a mother and an artist.

“Being a single mom is empowering. It’s kicked my ass,

and it’s made me do this [show]. Because everything I

do is for that little girl. She’s my inspiration, my light.”

Looking around the room at her work, Soulé seems

comfortable with herself.

“This is me. This is my heart and soul.”

Rebecca Soule's work is hanging in the Nova Café in

Bozeman for the month of Decemnber

Rob Akey

Greg Alexander

Jim Barrett

Diana Brady

Lynn Cain

Creighton Block

Todd Connor

Jerral Derryberry

Flavia Eckholm

Edd Enders

Thomas English

Todd Connor


36” x 24”

Charles Fulcher

Mark Gibson

Don Grant

Mimi Grant

Ott Jones


David Lemon

Asha MacDonald

Mike Patterson

Paula Pearl

Jacqueline Rieder Hud

Shiela Rieman

Daniel San Souci

Deb Schmit

Laurie Stevens

Shirle Wempner

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Todd Connor was born in 1964 and raised in Tulsa, OK. He began painting in pastels and oils at

the age of 12. After high school he joined the Navy, where he served as a Navy SEAL in Coronado,

CA. After military service he toured National Parks and historical sites throughout the

West, and determined to return to painting. After 4 years of study divided between landscape

and figurative work, he received a BFA in 1997 from the prestigious Art Center College of Design

in Pasadena, CA. He briefly worked as a colorboard painter for Universal Studios in Japan before

making the leap to full time painter in 1999.

Todd Connor has met with much success in venues including the CM Russell show and auction in

Great Falls, MT and Settlers West Galleries’ annual Great American West show in Tucson, AZ. His

influences include Impressionists, Asian calligraphy, and early American Illustrators. His exceptional

ability to convey a strong sense of character, as well as a sense of time and place in his art, has led

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big sky skating and Hockey association opens rink to skaters

new features include lights, memberships and lessons

bsha board

After 10 days of flooding, a day of assembling the

boards and gathering together about 20 ice fans to help

erect the Town Center Ice Rink is open for its second

year of public skating and hockey.

The Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association has relied

on help from volunteers and donations from numerous

people throughout Big Sky and Bozeman.

Jason Martel, of Martel Construction and the Bozeman

Ice Dogs hockey team in Bozeman, told BSSHA

board member Ryan Blechta to come to the ice rink in


“He had an old Zamboni that was back in the day the

old (ice rink’s) backup,” Blechta said.

When Blechta got to the rink and saw the stash of

out-of-use Zambonis, he saw a rundown rust-bucket

that had been sitting in the lumber yard for four


“I saw what it looked like and thought, ‘with a little

sand blast and paint, this Zam could look real nice,”

Blechta said.

Now, after some serious cosmetics and drastic

makeover, and some help from the Yellowstone Club

Community Foundation, the Zamboni shimmers under

a boat of shiny black paint and its propane engine

kicks over at the turn of a key. It doesn’t hurt that the

ice runner keeps warm in the Blechtas’ garage, either.

The group boasts two new full-time lights that

shine on the rink till 11 p.m., and the board hopes

it can gather interested families with skaters and

hockey players to step up and join this year as


The BSSHA has created a schedule and allows

members-only skates on Friday and Sunday

nights, open skating times everyday, and local

hockey player, board member and BSSHA

founder Griffin Kilby will offer hockey lessons

for those looking to learn.

Lady Big Horns play first game ever

Big Sky teams swept by mount ellis

By graySon BeLL

big sky weekly Cub rePorter

boys JV

On Saturday, Dec. 10 the Lone Peak High School

basketball teams opened up their season. The three

teams traveled to Mount Ellis Academy for a night

filled with basketball action.

The junior varsity game started off very defensively,

with both teams playing at high intensity, and

stayed this way until the final buzzer. At the end of

the first quarter Lone Peak led 9–5.

Mount Ellis took offensive control in the second

quarter, almost tripling their score from the fist


The Big Horns came out with almost no offense

except for a mid range jumper and free throw from

Trevor House. Mount Ellis led the Big Horns 13–12

at the end of the second.

Coming out of the locker room at halftime it was

much of the same; defense, defense, defense. The

only points for the Big Horns came on a 3-pointer by

freshman Griffin House and a shot in the paint by

freshman Justin McKillop.

At the end of the third quarter, Mount Ellis was up


In the fourth quarter McKillop came out with unmatched

intensity. McKillop accounted for seven of

the 13 points for the Big Horns in the fourth quarter.

McKillop’s late-game intensity was not enough to

bring in a win for the Big Horns, and Mount Ellis

won 36–30.

the first annual Pavelich invitational in January 2011.


The LPHS girls played their first game in Lone Peak

High School history that night.

The Lady Big Horns were at a disadvantage in numbers,

with six girls to Eagles’ 11. This didn’t stop the

Big Horns from hustling and playing great defense.

The first half saw bright glimpses of offense from

freshmen Gabby Michel, Tehya Braun and Gabrielle


In the third quarter the Lady Big Horns held the

Eagles to only two points of offense, but in the end,

Mount Ellis was too much for the Lady Big Horns.

Mount Ellis won the game 35–12.

Four Big Horns starters are freshman and will

continue to improve. Tehya Braun scored half of the

points for the team.

Varsity boys

The varsity boys came from a successful previous

year, but it was apparent from the beginning that

the Big Horns had the first game jitters. Junior

Haven Morris, who has looked promising for

years, accounted for more than half of the Big

Horns’ points.

He ended the night with 19 points and made 3 of

5 from the free throw line. In the end, the Mount

Ellis Eagles showed a higher intensity and desire

to win, and the team won 50–29.

The first home games will be on Jan. 5 against the

Shields Valley Rebels. The Big Horns would love

to see the support of the community at that game.

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“These are going to be hockey clinics for kids trying to

learn to play the game,” Kilby said.

There are two ice rinks (one full-sized with boards and

a smaller one for those looking to skate around), warming

hut, permanent lights, and, of course, a brand new

Zamboni to resurface the ice.

The group is excited to announce the rink open and

ready for business.

Now it’s time to get everything ready for the Second

Annual Pavelich Invitational hockey game on Jan. 7.

ophir athletics schedule

dec. 16 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ ennis

dec. 22 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ Sheridan

Jan. 5 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs. Shields valley

Jan. 6 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ gardiner

Jan. 7 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs. twin Bridges

Jan. 10 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ West


Jan. 12 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. omS Boys' Basketball @ gallatin


Jan. 14 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ Lima

Jan. 16 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. omS Boys' Basketball @ heritage

Christian School

Jan.17 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs mt. ellis

Jan. 19 4 p.m.– 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs. harrison,

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. omS Boys' Basketball @ monforton


Jan. 21 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs ennis

Jan. 26 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball @ Shields valley

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. omS Boys' Basketball @ mt. ellis

Jan. 27 omS 5th & 6th grade Boys' Basketball tournament

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. LPhS Basketball vs. gardiner

Jan. 28 omS 5th & 6th grade Boys' Basketball tournament

Jan. 31 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. omS Boys' Basketball vs gvhS

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end the bcs

By Brandon niLeS

It’s bowl season in college football,

which means it’s time for my annual

Bowl Championship Series rant.

Every year there’s a controversy over

which two teams are selected by the

BCS to play in the National Championship

game. Unlike virtually every

other organized team sport (including

FCS), the NCAA uses a complicated

computer ranking system called the

BCS to determine the two best football

teams in the country.

This year, it’s hard to argue that the

undefeated LSU doesn’t deserve their

spot, but many question the inclusion

of Alabama, who already lost to LSU

during the regular season. Both teams

are in the Southeastern Conference,

raising the usual questions of conference

bias, and preference toward

schools with large football programs.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has been

strong all year, and likewise has only

one loss. The team ranks No. 3 in the


Stanford boasts arguably the best

quarterback in the country, Andrew

Luck, and it too has only one loss

against an impressive Oregon team

that played in the National Championship

game last year. The BCS ranks

Stanford No. 4.

Are Oklahoma State and Stanford

really not as deserving as Alabama for

a shot at a national title this season?

We’ll never know, because those two

teams will be playing in the Tostitos

Fiesta Bowl instead.

Are Alabama and LSU the two best

teams in the country? It’s certainly

possible that they are, but we can’t say

for certain. When a team in a lesser

conference goes undefeated, such as

the Boise State and TCU teams of recent

years, are we certain that because

their schedules aren’t perceived to

be as difficult they don’t deserve a

chance at a championship?

Houston nearly went undefeated this

year, but at no point did they ever

have a legitimate chance at being selected

for the title game. How can we

tell the players for teams like Houston

that the games they play in really


The solution is a playoff system.

There are 11 conferences. Give every

conference winner a playoff spot,

and add five at large teams based on

record, strength of schedule, and any

other factors. With 16 playoff teams,

that allows for a playoff system to run

four consecutive weeks, similar to the

FCS system.

The bowl games can remain, but they

would simply become playoff games.

There’s no reason this wouldn’t work,

and it would certainly mitigate the

risk of leaving any of the best teams

out of the hunt for the National


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researchers from mSu and Pennsylvania publish work on alamosaurus

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Ellen-Thérèse Lamm thinly slices a dinosaur bone,

then takes photographs of the fossils under a polarizedlight


The images, which she

describes as beautiful

and intriguing, indicate

different types of biological

tissue, and show the

orientation of fibers in

the original bone. The

thin-section slides and

photomicrographs allow

scientists to answer questions

regarding dinosaur

growth, physiology and

even behavior.


New research has unveiled enormous

bones from North America’s biggest

dinosaur, Alamosaurus.

In a paper published Dec. 6 in Acta

Palaeontologica Polonica, MSU

researcher Denver W. Fowler and

coauthor Robert M. Sullivan from

Harrisburg, Pa., describe two gigantic

vertebrae and a femur that the team

collected in New Mexico from 2003

this serrated tyrannosaurus tooth was found with

other alamosaurus bones, showing that these two

dinosaur giants coexisted in the same ecosystem.

image CourteSy of denver foWLer

Polarized light passing

through a thin-section of

bone is split at different

angles depending on the

structure and organization of the crystal structures. It

is then re-collected by an analyzer and delivered to the

eye in a variety of colors and patterns. Manipulating

light conditions allows analysis of the optical qualities

of a sample, Lamm says, and also produces extraordinary


to 2006. Carrying the vertebrae alone

took most of a day because the paleontologists

carried them 1.2 miles

through 100-degree heat, Fowler


Alamosaurus sanjuanensis is a longnecked

plant eater related to Diplodocus.

The Alamosaurus roamed what

is now the southwestern U.S. and

Mexico about 69 million years ago.

Alamosaurus has been known for

some time,

Fowler says. Its

remains were

first described in

1922 from the

Naashoibito beds

of New Mexico.

Since then, more

bones have been

discovered in New

Mexico, Utah,

Texas and Mexico.

Microscopic images of dino bones have intrigue, scientific significance

Some of Lamm’s favorite images

are part of a 2012 fundraising

calendar that she produced

for the museum of the

rockies. “dinosaurs under the

microscope – Paleohistology”

has images of dinosaur bone,

modern animal specimens, as

well as photos of mSu graduate

students and horner doing

paleontological research.

available in the museum of

the rockies gift shop, the mSu

Bookstore, in downtown Bozeman

at Country Bookshelf and


The sheer size of

the new bones

caught the researchers

by surprise,


“We used to think

that a fully grown


measured around

60 feet long and

weighed about

30 tons,” Fowler

said. “But a 2009

study by another

As manager of the Gabriel Lab

for Cellular and Molecular

Paleontology at the Museum

of the Rockies, Lamm receives

material from dinosaur researchers


She’s one of very

few people who

does paleohistology


meaning she’s a

“slicer and dicer of

dinosaur bones.”

MSU researcher, Dr. Holly Woodward,

found that a femur thought to

belong to an adult was still growing.”

While this indicated that Alamosaurus

got even bigger, they didn’t imagine

that it could get quite this big.

The enormity of the new bones puts

Alamosaurus in the same size league

as other giant sauropods from South

America, including Argentinosaurus,

which weighed about 70 tons and is

considered to be the biggest dinosaur

of all.

“Over the past 20 years, Argentinean

and Brazilian paleontologists have

been unearthing bigger and bigger dinosaurs,

putting the rest of the world

in the shade,” Fowler said.

Their new finds, however, show not

only that Alamosaurus was likely the

largest North American dinosaur, but

also that it was on par with the South

American species.

Giant specimens of sauropods like

Alamosaurus and Argentinosaurus are

only known from very fragmentary

remains, offering only a tantalizing

glimpse of what a complete Alamosaurus

might look like, Fowler said.

But in order to dig up one of the

world’s biggest dinosaurs, you need

one of the world’s biggest dinosaur

digging teams.

Working with paleontology


Jack Horner, Lamm

co-authored a recent

paper that described

the unique tissue

growth strategies

that Triceratops used

to ultimately grow

such a massive expanded frill. The paper

was published in April in a French journal of paleontology

and evolutionary sciences.

This research supported the MSU discovery that Triceratops

and were actually the same type of dinosaur at

different stages of growth, with Torosaurus being the

The Pennsylvania State Museum

field crew is typically just two or

three people, which limits how many

bones can be collected per season,

Fowler said. Even so, many important

specimens have been recovered over

the past 10 to 15 years, including new

species, and other members of the

fauna including the iconic carnivore


“We found a shed Tyrannosaurus

tooth with another Alamosaurus

neck bone that we were excavating,”

Fowler said. “The Tyrannosaurus may

have lost its tooth while feeding on

an Alamosaurus carcass.”

The Alamosaurus discovery has important

implications for other dinosaurs,

Fowler said. Recent discoveries

by paleontologist Jack Horner’s paleo

lab at the Museum of the Rockies

have emphasized the importance of

understanding growth and origins in

interpreting dinosaur evolution.

“Increasingly, we’re finding that

very large or small individuals often

look very different, and are often

described as different species,”

Fowler said. “Our findings show that

Alamosaurus was originally described

based on immature material, [which

is] a problem as characteristics that

define a species are typically only

fully gained at adult size. This means

that we might be misinterpreting the

relationships of Alamosaurus and

possibly other sauropod dinosaurs


this image of a tyrannosaurus rex foot bone shows bone tissue

that has been remodeled by erosion and re-deposition. the variety

in color depends on the arrangement of mineral crystals and

fibers in the bone. Each small black dot used to house a single

bone cell. Some circular and elongated spaces for blood supply

are also visible. Photo By eLLen-thérèSe Lamm

mature adult stage of Triceratops, Lamm said. MSU

graduate student John Scannella and Horner published

that finding in July 2010 in the Journal of Vertebrate

Paleontology, upending a long-standing belief that Triceratops

and Torosaurus were different dinosaurs.

Adapted from an article originally written by Evelyn


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By emiLy StifLer

big sky weekly managing editor

The 15th annual Bozeman Ice Festival

was the biggest one yet. Big sponsors

like Arc’teryx showed up; on-ice

clinics filled right away; and almost

600 people packed the Emerson theatre

for Friday and Saturday night’s

evening presentations.

“I think this is one of the best grassroots

community-based consumer ice

Festivals that’s ever been put together,”

said Jack Tackle, a Montana

native and world-renowned alpinist.

From beginners to experts in the

sport, and everything in between, it

addressed everyone’s needs, Tackle

said, especially the community and

the social aspects of climbing.

This year’s event featured a historical

retrospective of waterfall ice climb-

A 7-year-old excels his first day ice climbing Photo By Brian niLeS Photo By Brian niLeS

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ing over 40 years, and drew a host

of climbing’s greatest characters, including

climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe.

Known for making more than 1,000

cutting edge first ascents in North

America, the Alps and the Himalaya,

“Lowe was the most influential ice

climber of all time,” said festival

organizer and accomplished climber

Joe Josephson.

In a powerful moment on Saturday

night, Lowe, now in a wheelchair

with Multiple Sclerosis, came on

stage and talked about his experiences

climbing, and about what he

remembered most: the places he

visited, and the people he spent time


Lowe struck upon the theme of the

fest overall. Old friends and new, all

tied by the bonds of adventure.


groups prepare to hit the ice Photo By emiLy StifLer

breaking through

on Hyalite ice

By marCie hahn-knoff

big sky weekly Contributor

Tiny bits of ice explode from the surface

with each kick. I glance at my picks as I

remove them carefully from the ice and

whack them into the frozen surface a

tiny bit higher. Their jagged structure

reminds me of a 21st century pterodactyl

skull. Spikes bristle from my feet. I

try not to concentrate on how tiny the

points of steel are that hold my body

weight against gravity.

I have never been much of an ice climber.

Skiing has defined my winter sporting

life for decades. Despite moving to the

ice climbing mecca of Montana and

marrying a member of the ice climbing

mafia, I’ve only spent a handful of days

out each year. Intimidated at being a

novice in such a demanding sport, I was

anxious about ascending too slowly and

looking like a hack.

Lack of snow and less then stellar ski

conditions this year tipped the scales, inspiring

me to take a Bozeman Ice Festival

women’s clinic. I hoped climbing with

a group of skilled ladies might help my

technique and give me a better grip on

climbing in winter.

Single digit morning temperatures seep

through the multiple layers of insulation

and down I’m wearing. I focus on a

fringe of sunny illumination growing on

the ridgeline across the canyon—it will

be hours before the sun’s warmth makes

it our way. High on a snowy bench in

Hyalite Canyon, our training ground for

the day is Mummy II, which is currently

busy with more women climbers than I

recall ever seeing in Hyalite at once.

On my first climb, I peck at the icy surface

with unsure blows. Slowly I ascend,

trying to apply the numerous tips on

form and efficiency discussed before I

stepped off the ground. But right away

I revert to previous ice climbing experiences,

grappling with what my body

should be doing while my mind does

summersaults—this the beginning of an

all too common negative self-dialogue.

Voices drift from below, a mix of encouraging

words and helpful reminders. My

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Match your feet, stand up, hips into the

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become more methodical and a

system for success begins to develop in

my actions. I continue moving upward.

My movement is becoming more exact,

and the reassuring thunks of well-sunk

axes resonate through the air.

As the day progresses, ladies succeed on

harder climbs. The women in the group

flow seamlessly between belaying and

climbing, sharing reassuring thoughts

and honest critiques on technique and

style, questioning one another on goals,

strengths and weaknesses for each climb.

Laughter comes easily, and it occurs to

me that despite the cold and at times wet

conditions, I’m having a blast.

Our time runs low and we head for the

car. I am plainly aware that a transformation

has happened. After one day, I’m

already becoming a more confident ice

climber. I am amazed at what is possible

when a group of women venture into

the mountains together. I’m already

plotting my next visit to the ice.

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This December, President Obama

named a Montana State University

graduate head of the newly created

White House Initiative on

American Indian and Alaska Native


William Mendoza, who earned

a master's degree in educational

leadership from MSU in 2010, will

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and Alaska Native students.

The initiative also aims to further

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cultures and histories and receive a

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place where we can delve into subjects and ask experts

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“We're working

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American Indian

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stay in high school

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time they complete

college,” Mendoza


Previously, Mendoza

was acting director

of the White

House Initiative

on Tribal Colleges

and Universities,

or WHITCU. The

office works to

ensure that the

nation's tribal colleges

and universities

are more fully

recognized, better

informed and given

full access to federal


Mendoza, who is an enrolled Oglala

Sioux and has deep Sicangu Sioux

roots, grew up on the Pine Ridge

and Rosebud Indian Reservations in

South Dakota.

Before enrolling in MSU's Indian

Leadership Education and Development,

or I LEAD, program, Mendoza

received a bachelor's degree from Fort

Lewis College in Durango, Colo. He

also attended Haskell Indian National

University in Lawrence, Kan.

Then, he worked as a high school

teacher in Pine Ridge, S.D. He said

earlier this year in an interview with

MSU that he appreciated that teachers

have a tremendous ability to make

a difference in students' lives, but he

was also frustrated by the limits of

what he could do as a teacher.

"Every time I let my students go out

of my classroom, I felt like I was

letting them go into harm's way,"

Mendoza said. "So I decided, 'I need to

do more.'"

With a desire to be more involved

in school reform, Mendoza considered

becoming a principal, where

William mendoza, who earned a master's degree in

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White house initiative on american indian and

alaska native education. Photo CourteSy of WiLLiam


he thought he would have opportunities

to make lasting impacts.

That's when he discovered MSU's I

LEAD program, which, since 2006,

recruited, educated, certified and

placed American Indian educators

in administrative positions in

schools with high populations of

American Indian students.

"I was excited to see a program

that catered to American Indians,"

Mendoza said. "At the time, I knew

a lot of representatives of American

Indians in (principal and superintendent)

positions were few and far


Mendoza said he left the program

with "tremendous knowledge" and

has been able to apply that knowledge

to his work.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne

Duncan, who announced Mendoza's

appointment, said Mendoza's

"exceptional leadership in reinvigorating

collaboration between

federal agencies, educators and

tribal leaders will be invaluable as

we move forward in addressing the

challenges that face our American

Indian and Alaska Native students."

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Big Sky Weekly

December 16, 2011

Volume 2 // Issue #22

Winter concert series features local, international performers

By Brian hurLBut

big sky arts CounCil

This winter, the Arts Council of

Big Sky will host the ninth annual

Peggy Dicken Schwer Memorial

Fund Concert Series. These intimate

dinner concerts are a great

way to see and hear regional and

international musicians, with great

food served by some of Big Sky’s

best chefs.

The muir string Quartet

Wednesday, Jan. 11, Talus Room at

Big Sky Resort

In its 33rd season, the nationally

known Muir String Quartet has

distinguished itself among audiences

and critics with its “exhilarating

involvement” (Boston

Globe),"impeccable voicing and intonation"

(San Francisco Examiner)

and "unbridled musicality" (American

Record Guide). The Muir is

committed to the great European

tradition learned from mentors,

the Budapest and Guarneri string


Licensed by Montana Board of

Out tters #5278 and the Gallatin

National Forest

The bozeman Intermountain opera

Thursday, Feb. 9, Buck’s T-4 Lodge

This local opera company has been

around since 1979, and has continued

to grow and attract operagoers, not

only in Bozeman, but from other parts

of Montana and neighboring states as

well. They will present a short opera,

“Sweet Betsy From Pike,” and a selection

of well-known arias.

Dos mayos, with special guests

michael blessing and eddie T

Sunday, Feb. 26, Talus Room at Big Sky


This Bozeman group plays unique

arrangements and adaptations of Latin,

jazz, blues and Americana. Its distinctive

style, with tight instrumental

and vocal blends, makes Dos Mayos a

standout in the region. Tana Mayo, a

gifted vocalist, flutist and percussionist,

has influences including Natalie Cole,

Herbie Mann, Alison Krauss and Diane

Schuur. Rich Mayo is an exceptional

guitarist, vocalist and harmonica player

who spent years writing, arranging and

recording music, playing on everything

from radio and TV jingles to musical

Big Sky, Montana


CDs. Michael Blessing

brings a blend of percussion

and rhythm to

the group.

Pavel egorov

Saturday, March 24,

Talus Room at Big Sky


Don't miss this

incredible opportunity

to hear one of the

world's most decorated

pianists. A graduate

of Moscow State

Conservatory and the

St. Petersburg State

Conservatory, Egorov

lives in St. Petersburg

and has performed in

Big Sky once before. His awards include

First Prize and Golden Medal from the

Schumann International Competition

in Zwickau, Germany, and the International

Schumann Prize; and the Order

of Polish Republic Merit in Culture.

Mr. Egorov is also a renowned music researcher

and scientific editor, Honorary

Member of the Philharmonic Society

in St. Petersburg, and an active member


of the St. Petersburg Department of

Education and Scientific Development

of the Russian Academy of Natural


The Arts Council of Big Sky is a nonprofit

organization founded in 1989. Check for a complete schedule,

or call the ACBS office at (406) 995-

2742. Tickets are by reservation only

and must be made by calling the office.

Sleigh Ride Dinners

Day Sleigh Rides

Heated Sleighs

Winter Trail Rides

Fly Fishing


Fun for the entire family!

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December Music

Sat. 12/17 Jeff Belino 5-7 p.m.

10 ft. Tall and 80 Proof 9 p.m.

($5 Cover)

Fri. 12/23 Bottom of the Barrel 9 p.m.

Sat. 12/24 Tom Marino 5-7 p.m.

Fri. 12/30


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The Boozehounds 9 p.m.

($5 Cover)

Sat. 12/31 Eli Madden 5-7 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Bash” The Tom

Cook Band and the Boozehounds

9 p.m. ($10 Cover)*

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This seasonal brew is made once a

year and based on Lone Peak’s popular

Hippy Highway Oatmeal Stout. It’s

aged in 18 year Elijah Craig bourbon

barrels (from the Heaven Hills Distillery

in Kentucky) for 3.5 months.

The brew has a heavy bourbon character

with vanilla tones and an oaky

essence captured from the barrels.

Served in a snifter or balloon style

glass to express its specific aroma, this

stout is the most anticipated release

of the year, said brewmaster Steve


Bourbon stout pairs well with beef

and pork, especially the smoked kind.

Nordahl has even used the stout to

make ice cream, barbeque sauce and

a bourbon stout reduction to use as a

heavy drizzle.

The batch is twice as big as last year’s,

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Big Sky

By greer SChott

big sky resort

Big Sky Resort has been opening more terrain as the

season progresses, and the slopes are skiing great.

Even without a lot of fresh powder, the resort has

opened over 700 acres and the snow has stayed

soft—just take a few turns in the Bowl and you’ll see

for yourself.

Come check out what’s new in the Mountain Village.

The Solace Spa and Salon, a new 3,000 square

foot spa with seven treatment rooms, men’s and

ladies locker rooms, and full salon services including

hair and nails, will open this weekend. Two new

shops are open in the Village Center—CR.eations

yarn shop and the Willow women’s boutique.

New digital on-mountain signs now make it easier

to navigate the mountain, and as more terrain opens

skiers can check out five new gladed runs on Andesite.

Big Sky Resort has also opened a new winter

laser tag course—sign up for a game in basecamp.

Big Sky is excited for the upcoming season with

great holiday and winter events. Christmas and New

Years will be action-packed with food, live entertainment,

and special events like fireworks and skiing

with Santa. Check out

for complete details as well as January events like

SnoBar, an on-mountain party with a bar and dance

floor completely made of snow.

lone Mountain ranch

Big Sky

Lone Mountain Ranch’s nordic trails, outdoor

shop, sleigh rides and dining room opened in mid-


New this year is a lower priced day trail pass at

$18. Also, the ranch will offer a day sleigh ride

with a bonfire, hot chocolate and cookies. Nordic

ski lessons and wildlife tours into Yellowstone will

also be available.

The ranch’s new executive chef and food and

beverage director, Bill Baskin, has returned to

Big Sky with his wife after a 10 year hiatus. The

dining room and saloon are open Monday through

Saturday for lunch and dinner, and will be open for

guests only on Christmas eve.

Join the ranch for their Grand Christmas Buffet on

Christmas day, featuring ice and cheese sculptures,

edible gingerbread villages, a large selection of

roasted meats, a seafood bar, and pastries. On New

Year’s Eve there will be two seatings in the dining

room with four and five course menus, fireworks

and live music.

This year the saloon will serve food and feature

live music three nights a week. It will also serve

a different burger each month, daily small plate

specials, and Montana beer and American spirits.

They are part of Lone Peak Brewery’s communal

beer program.

Other special activities begin Jan. 1, including a

Sunday brunch, Wednesday farm dinners with

wine and brew pairings, and trail buffets on Fridays.

Call the dining room for reservations (406)

995–2782. a.D.

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Moonlight basin

Big Sky

Moonlight Basin opened on Dec. 10 to sunny skies

and smiling faces. Conditions remain the same: packed


“We need more snow before the upper mountain

opens, but we’ve got people coming and enjoying the

lower terrain,” said ski patrol dispatch. The upper

mountain will open when snow levels permit.

It’s worth checking out Moonlight’s new amenities,

including the North Slope Deli, Jack Creek Grille and

Bar, and the new Moonlight Mercantile in the Lodge.

Also new is the "Freestyle Forest," a tight terrain park

with fun features and whoop de doo’s made of natural

features, and new gladed runs.

Join Moonlight during the holidays for Turkey for a

Ticket on Dec. 16, a Christmas Eve Service, and ski

with Santa on Christmas day.

It’s not too late to join the Gold Club, where members

can enjoy locker storage and pool, hot tub and workout

facility access. Members can also benefit from discounts

at Moonlight eateries, gear shops, boutiques

and accommodations. a.D

Maverick Mountain


Maverick set a record in 2010/2011, for their highest

number of skiers with 9,599 visits. That’s not a lot,

which means more powder for everyone.

Summer crews removed more than 3,000 beetle killed

trees from trail edges and along the lift line. Working

with the Forest Service, they are developing a Vegetation

Management Plan to project the desired future

condition of the mountain. The plan will be a proactive,

science-based approach to forest management.

Maverick will increase ticket prices and season pass

rates this year to keep pace with operating costs.

“These are difficult decisions to balance the cost of

services and maintain affordable skiing in our community,”

wrote general manager and owner Randy

Shilling in the fall newsletter.

Mav’s voicemail says there’s at least 8-15 inches on the

hill, and they’re waiting for more snow to open.

discovery ski area


Disco has been open weekends only, and opens Monday,

Dec. 19 seven days a week.

“We got lucky and picked up about a foot of snow in

early December,” said Ciche Pitcher, who is the ski

area’s vice president and resort operations manager.

“We’re in the same boat as everyone else right now.

While we’ve got some snow, we haven’t had anything

new in a while.”

The front side is open, and the weekend of Dec. 10 was

the busiest so far this season. Pitcher estimates they

need another 12-18 inches to open the backside, hopefully

by Christmas day.

Disco’s big news for the year: A new triple chairlift has

replaced the old blue Jubilee lift. The new lift is faster,

because they moved the bottom terminal up. e.s>

Big Sky Weekly

rendezvous ski trails

West yellowstone

After a big push during Thanksgiving week, Rendezvous

nordic trails in West Yellowstone are cranking

along at full swing. The early snow allowed

Rendezvous to open all 35 kilometers of trails, including

five kilometers of new trails and connectors

that meander through the existing trail network.

The Yellowstone Ski Festival over Thanksgiving had

great turnout, said Dan Cantrell, the director of the

Yellowstone Ski Festival and the West Yellowstone

Ski Education Foundation. “In the past a good year

has been about 3,000, and I think we met that or

exceeded it this year.”

This is going to be a busy year, with a lot of new

stuff going on, Cantrell said.

On the weekend of Dec. 10, they broke in a new

biathalon course with a biathlon NORAM, bringing

international athletes to town.

The weekend of Dec. 17 hosts a SPAM cup with

divisions for everyone, and a National Guard biathalon

camp, and the brand new Kids n’ Snow program.

Designed to promote active lifestyles, the program

takes kids cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and

ice skating. All are welcome.

Head down to West with the skinny skis, because

according to Cantrell, the trails are “skiing really,

really well.” e.s.

bridger bowl


By Jamie kuJaWa

Bridger opened lower mountain terrain the weekend

of Dec. 9, running its Snowflake and Powder Park

lifts. With October storms the last two falls, Bozemanites

have gotten accustomed to excellent early

season conditions, but this year has been a slower


This dry weather isn’t unusual, says Doug Wales,

Bridger’s sales and marketing director. Wales started

there in the early ‘80s, and he recalls the resort

sometimes didn’t open until mid-January.

Even so, Wales says, there were a “decent number of

folks relative to what we have to offer [on opening

weekend].” The vibe around the hill was optimistic:

People smiled as they loaded the quad, passes were

still being sold, and the reservations are up from last

year at this time.

Wales is also staying positive, and he encourages

patience. Skiers could be unloading at the Bridger

lift mid-station by next week, he says, as long as

overnight temperatures remain low enough to blow


“Powder tends to erase bad memories,” Wales

added, recounting how much things can change

after one storm. But until it snows, early season

conditions remain. Although hiking above the Powder

Park lift is allowed while upper mountain lifts

remain closed, it’s not recommended. Check with

ski patrol for updates and advisories.

Word from the reSortS



rail jam

big sky town center

dec. 2, 2011

PhotoS By Brent day

bridger bowl opening day

pHotos by JaMie kuJaWa

Big Sky Weekly

Jack creek grille takes the

place of the former timbers

new facilities owned and operated by

moonlight Basin

Moonlight Basin has

three new dining options

in the Moonlight

Lodge, the North Slope

Deli, Jack Creek Bar and

the Jack Creek Grille.

These facilities were

formerly operated under

the name Timbers.

Now named after the iconic Jack

Creek Road, a gated 10-mile dirt

road that winds through a wilderness

preserve and drainage west of

Big Sky, the new restaurant will be

genuine and friendly, with beautiful

presentation and fine dining, according

to Karen Lum, Moonlight’s

marketing director.

The new format allows a lower

price point, said Greg Pack, General

Manager at Moonlight.

“We were trying to make sure that

families could visit us a couple

times during their stay and create

an environment that locals would

consider a regular spot,” Pack said.

The menu is family friendly with

as much local food as possible, said

executive chef Eric Stenberg.

“We’d like to call it American food.

It’s grill style, with steaks, seafood,

pasta, lasagna. It’s comfort food, in a


The bartenders will strive to know

your face and recognize you, if not

know your name, Lum added.

“They will know your favorite

drink and mix special ones not

found on the menu because... it’s

fun and makes our guests feel

special. You can count on value and

high quality.” e.s.

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eventS planning an eVent? let us know! email and we’ll spread the word.

big sky

Military appreciation Weekend

big sky resort

Dec. 17 – 18

Jeff belino and 10 foot tall and

80 proof liVe


Dec. 17, 5 p.m

season kick off party

Big Sky Resort

Dec. 17

open Mic nigHt


Every Tuesday

buck's t-4 annual Holiday party

Dec. 18, 6 p.m.

bottoM of tHe barrel liVe


Dec. 23, 9 p.m.

cHristMas eVe actiVities

Big Sky Resort

Dec. 24

toM Marino liVe


Dec. 24, 5 – 7 p.m.

cHristMas eVe serVice &


Moonlight Basin

Moonlight Lodge

Dec. 24, 5 p.m.

ski WitH santa

Moonlight Basin

Dec. 25

JaiMe pierre faMily fundraiser

Buck’s T-4

Dec 26, 7 p.m.

Call Doug Timm 581-0142

faMily nigHt WitH MoonligHt

Madison Village Base Area

Dec. 29, 5 – 8 p.m.

neW years eVe actiVities

Big Sky Resort

Dec. 31

Half Moon saloon 9tH annual

neW year’s eVe celebration

ft. the Codi Jordan Band

Dec. 31, 9:30 p.m.

neW years eVe basH


Dec. 31, Starting at 5 p.m.


Holiday bazaar

The Emerson

Dec. 17, 10 a.m.

bbbs gift Wrap bootH

Gallatin Valley Mall

M-S 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Sun. 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Christmas Eve 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

nutcracker in a nutsHell

The Emerson

Dec. 16 – 17

cHristMas bird count

Perkins Restaurant

Dec. 17, 7 a.m.

cHristMas tea

Gallatin Gateway Inn

Dec. 18, 2 p.m.

cHristMas cookie decorating

Leaf & Bean

Dec. 18, 2 p.m.

irVing berlin’s WHite cHristMas

The Ellen Theater

Sunday Matinees 3 p.m.

All other shows 7:30 p.m.

Thru Dec. 23

torcHligHt parade, fireWorks

display & spagHetti dinner

Bridger Bowl

Dec. 30, 4 p.m.

neW year’s eVe dance

The Emerson

Dec. 31, 8 p.m.



cHristMas for tHe critters

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center

Dec. 15 – 31

sled dog races

Rodeo Run 2011

Dec. 15 – 17

kids and snoW eVent

Dec. 15 – 17 to register

s’Mores and More

West Yellowstone Ice Rink

Dec. 17, 6 – 9 p.m.

spaM cub #1 classic race

Rendezvous Ski Trails

Dec. 17

cHristMas bird count

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m.

Winter snoWsHoe prograM

U.S. Forest Service Hebgen Lake Ranger


Dec. 29, 1 p.m.

paradise Valley

united blood driVe

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

Call Bob 222-009

splendid feast

The Elling House

Virginia City

Dec. 16 - 17, 6:30 p.m.

feliX naVi-Vaude, Holiday

Variety act

Crazy Mountain Productions

Dec. 16 - 18

Call for time 222-1420

Honky tonk Heros

Chico Hot Springs

Dec. 16-17, 8 p.m.

Holiday ligHts coMMittee preligHting


Civic Center

Dec. 17, 6 p.m.\

MoonligHt lodge neW year’s eVe party

Dec. 31, 2011—Ring in 2012

with Moonlight! The Moonlight

Lodge New Year's Eve Party features

dinner from Jack Creek Grille, live

music, party favors and champagne

as the ball drops.

Dinner: 6 – 9 p.m.

Music: 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

907 britt and ricHie reinHoldt


Norris Hot Springs

Dec. 17

speakeasy sultry blues

Pink Creek Café

Dec. 17, 7 p.m.

JoHn loWell (aMericana)

Norris Hot Springs

Dec. 18

solstice celebration

Rainbow Ark

Dec. 22, 5 – 8 p.m.

tHe dirty sHaMe

Chico Hot Springs

Dec. 23, 8 p.m.


$120 per person includes party

favors, champagne, music and

dinner. $25 after 9 p.m. includes

party favors, champagne and music.

Reservations can be made with the

Mountain Concierge. Max 150


toM MurpHy (tHerMal grass)

Norris Hot Springs

Dec. 23

coMMunity cHristMas dinner

Civic Center

Dec. 25, 12 – 2 p.m.



Norris Hot Springs

Dec. 30

neW years basH

ft. Archer’s Mob

Pine Creek Café

Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

siX strings doWn

Classic Rock & Blues

Chico Hot Springs

Dec. 30 - 31, 8 p.m.

pierre family fundraiser set for dec. 26

in the wake of Jamie Pierre’s untimely death, the Big Sky community

is coming together to support his family. the Big Sky Chaplain’s

association is working with the ski resorts and many individuals

to host a fundraiser.

“even though [the Pierres] are new to the community, i think

Jamie had touched a bunch of people here,” said moonlight Basin’s

general manager greg Pack. “our goal is to help out a local

family in need.”

Pack said everyone he’d spoken with was more than willing to be

part of the fundraiser, asking how to help.

amee (Jamie’s wife) wants to make sure the fundraiser is a celebration

of Jamie’s life, Pack added.

“She said Jamie would want it to be a lighthearted event. to

celebrate the fun in life. he was fairly easy going, and would want

people to celebrate that way.”

Pack and professional skier Scot Schmidt will emcee the evening,

which will include a "dine around" format with food from area

restaurants. items will be auctioned off, and all proceeds will go to

the Pierres.

“the Big Sky Chaplains exist to communicate the good news of

Jesus Christ and to help in tangible ways in critical times,” said

doug timm, the Pierres’ pastor. “But we could not do it alone. the

community has really helped.”

Schmidt notes the mark Pierre left on the ski community as a

whole, calling him a true inspiration:

“although we moved in the same circles for many years, our

paths only recently crossed,” he said. “getting to know Jamie was

easy. his approach was bold, and his courage was infectious. his

death has stirred our emotions, but it is his life that will inspire us

forever.” e.s.


dec. 26, 7 p.m. at Buck’s t-4 Lodge

evening will include silent auction, food and cash bar.

$10 donation

to submit an auction item, contact doug timm at 581-0142, or

drop items off at the Outlaw office in the Big Sky Meadow Village.

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Letters to Santa

from letters written by local children at the big sky christmas stroll

Dear Santa,

Hi my name is Kimderly.

I am wondering about

the reindeer. has eny

presents? You need a


Love, Kimderly

56 december 16, 2011

Dear Santa,

I love you! I want

you to travel safe

with the reindeer.

Merry Xmas

Dear Santa,

I have been pretty good

this year I would love the

etable good-tasting glow

in the dark recipie but it

is your choice

Sincerely, Michael

Dear Santa,

Hi my name i Kimderly.

I am wondering adout

the reindeer? has enay

presents? You need a

brake. Love, Kimderly

Dear Santa,

May I have a real puppy

from Madison

Dear Santa,

nerf gun, snowmobile,

reindeer - I want it

to be a surprise

Big Sky Weekly

Dear Santa,

Hi! may I please have

some American Girl Doll

clothes? I hope the

reindeer are good.

Love, Nehalem

Dear Santa,

I like presents.


I lovewuoy

outlaws became elves at Big Sky's Christmas Stroll - Chris davis and

taylor anderson with Santa

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